- Growing Tips:
- Seed Storage Tips:
We've taken the ever-popular Spacemaster 80 Heirloom Cucumber known for producing shorter 2'–3' vines and we've adapted it to hydroponic conditions making it the ideal choice for small growing areas including the aeroponic / hydroponic Tower Garden or Farmstand. Space master produces a big flush of flavorful, full-sized slicing cucumbers that are perfect for snacking, salads, and sandwiches, and even for pickling (when harvesting small). It's also disease resistant to cucumber mosaic virus and scab.
Spacemaster 80 Cucumber was bred by Dr. Henry M. Munger of Cornell University and released in 1980. He introduced more than fifty varieties of cucumbers including whole lines of "Spacemasters", "Poinsetts", "Tablegreens" and "Marketmores". Nearly all U.S. slicing cucumbers have benefitted from inheriting disease resistance and improved color that is directly attributed to Dr. Munger's breeding program. (Click here for his obituary.)
Hydroponics: pH 5.5-6.0 and PPM 1190-1750
Soil: Be sure to offer the plants organically rich soil and use a mulch like straw to retain moisture in soil. These plants love the sun and heat, but they will require water and soil moisture. They can benefit from afternoon shade in the hottest months of summer or a 40% shade cloth. Offer a small trellis support to the vines off the ground and harvest often to keep up production.
• Cucumis sativus, Cultivar originally developed in Israel at a kibbutz (communal) farm
• Grown in healthy soil using organic growing practices on our farm
• Grow outside, full sun, during the warm season (nightly temps above 65ºF)
• Open Field and because they’re determinants, they won't grow vines all season.
• Seed has been tested for ideal germination
• Sprouts in 7-14 days, Seed Depth 1/2", Plant Spacing 18"-36"
• Ideal temperature is 70º-90ºF. Not frost hardy.
• 60 Days to Maturation
• Approx. 20 seeds p/packet
Q: What does "Hydroponic Seeds" or "Hydroponically Adapted" in the product description mean?
very seed has a lifespan and will vary by cultivar, but with some basic good practices you can significanly prolong the life of your seed and protect your investment with a few best practices:
The goal of whatever "container" you choose is to idealy limit moisture and UV light exposure which can reduce germination rates over time. Use a clean and dry glass jar (we like to use an amber colored wide-mouth Mason Jar) with a lid that closes tightly that is large enough to hold several seed packets. Using a cotton ball and rubbing alcohol, wipe down inside of glass jar and allow to completey dry. This step will help to kill any bacteria or fungi residue that could be present on the surface of your jar (especially if your jar has been sitting in storage for awhile).
If you have a food preservation system like a vacuum sealer system or a canister that can seal with a vacuum like this, these work well also — just keep in mind that if you have to access your seed supply, you will have to cut the package open and reseal to put back into storage.