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Sumter Cucumber

Sumter Cucumber

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55 days — The fruit of 'Sumter' cucumber vines are a medium-green color with white spines and are blocky and slightly tapered in shape. Well adapted for many parts of the country and excellent as both a home or market garden variety.

Bred and released by W. C. Barnes of the Clemson Agricultural Experiment Station in 1973. 'Sumter' exhibits resistance to powdery mildew, downy mildew, angular leaf spot, anthracnose, scab, cucumber mosaic virus and watermelon mosaic virus. Each packet contains one gram, which is approximately 35 to 40 seeds.
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Planting Instructions: Cucumbers grow best with long, hot, humid days with maximum sunshine and warm nights. Plants are extremely susceptible to frost. Sow seeds outside only after danger of frost when soil has warmed. Make a second sowing 4 to 5 weeks later for a late summer or early fall harvest. For an earlier harvest and to reduce the threat of insect damage to seedlings, start a few plants indoors in individual pots (or trays with separate compartments) about a month before your last spring frost date.

Sowing: To seed in rows, plant seeds 1 inch deep and about 6 inches apart. To plant in hills, plant four or five seeds in 1-foot-diameter circles set 5 to 6 feet apart.