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VEGETABLES IN ACTION – CUCUMBERS

VEGETABLES IN ACTION - CUCUMBERS

Cucumbers are popular and nutritious snacks. According to the United States Department of Agriculture, cucumbers can be eaten plain as a snack or an appetizer, and sliced or chopped to add to salads. They are best eaten raw or barely cooked, sliced and dipped in dressing or dip.

SV4220CS CucumberThis nutritious vegetable grows best in warm temperatures and modest amounts of sunlight. They require abundant water and a well-drained soil. When cucumbers plants grow, the male pollen-bearing flowers appear on the vine first, but they do not produce any fruit. Only the female flowers produce fruit, usually very rapidly. According to the University Of Arizona College Of Agriculture, for every female flower, there are 10 to 20 male flowers.

Cucumber fields commonly suffer disease problems such as cucumber mosaic virus, target leaf spot, anthracnose, scab, and powdery and downy mildews[1]. In the last few years, Seminis® has made an improvement over its existing Downy mildew resistant cucumbers. In addition to intermediate resistance[2] to Downy mildew, Bristol cucumber also touts multi-virus resistance. This Seminis® cucumber hybrid has a moderately vigorous plant, produces straight, smooth, dark green high-quality fruit even in first harvests.

[1] Source: Arizona Cooperative Extension, College of Agriculture, The University of Arizona. (2015, November 13). Retrieved from https://ag.arizona.edu/pubs/garden/mg/vegetable/cucumbers.html.

[2] Intermediate Resistance: The ability of a plant variety to restrict the growth and development of the specified pest or pathogen, but may exhibit greater range of symptoms compared to varieties with high resistance. Intermediate Resistant plant varieties will show less severe symptoms or damage than susceptible plant varieties when grown under similar environmental conditions and/or pest or pathogen pressure.