Telegraph Improved Cucumber Seeds
This packet sows up to 8 feet of trellised cucumbers.
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The English cucumber is longer (up to 18") and thinner than traditional cucumbers, with very small, soft seeds. 'Telegraph Improved' was developed in the 1800s for growing in greenhouses, but is now a favorite of home gardeners for the long, thin-skinned, burpless fruits that add a cool, mild flavor and a snappy crunch to salads and sandwiches. Cucumbers develop best when grown on a trellis and get regular moisture while fruits are forming.
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Telegraph Improved Cucumber Seeds Reviews
Best cucumber seeds ever!
Christine Fornek from IL
lyla from MD
Owner Response: Thank you so much for making us aware of this issue. Our deepest apologies. A customer service agent will be with you shortly.
Leslie from OR
Owner Response: Hi Leslie,
Thank you for sharing your experience. We are sorry you experienced poor germination with this seed. We do have our seeds tested frequently by a third-party laboratory to ensure germination levels exceed federal and our own standards. We pride ourselves on quality and guarantee our seeds. It appears you had a hard time with a few varieties. A customer service agent will contact you shortly to troubleshoot and see how we can help.
Abdulla from NJ
Owner Response: Hello,
Thanks for the review. Male or pollen-bearing flowers are usually the first to appear on plants presumably to attract pollinators to the area. Fruit-bearing flowers will follow unless there is intense heat which can cause a dominance of pollen-bearing flowers. If you have questions we are always here to help. Feel free to submit questions to customer service or our horticulturists via the "contact us" link at the bottom of any page on our website. Happy gardening!
Debra from OR
Owner Response: Hi Debra,
Cucumbers do need a little help at first finding a trellis and an occasional redirect to the trellis. This is usually a fun, easy task. This cucumber doesn't have the bitter gene that makes cucumbers sometimes bitter so this could be nutrient or water issue. The curling and misshapen fruit you described is a sign of incomplete pollination. It takes about four visits from bees to get one flower to be pollinated well. This has become a very common problem as our pollinator populations struggle. Native bees, in particular, are much more thorough than European honey bees at this task. You can try sowing some bee-loving flowers by the cucumbers, like borage or you can hand pollinate. We have an article and video about hand pollination in the "learn more" tab on this page or you can search "hand pollination" in the search bar to find it. We hope you find these tips helpful. Happy gardening!
Great Taste & Highly Productive
Lauren from MD
brian from ME
Rita Wojchik from NJ
Owner Response: Hi Rita,
Thank you for sharing your experience. It is normal for the first couple of weeks of flowers to be pollen producing and not fruit producing. It is also increasingly common that gardeners need to hand pollinate flowers because of an absence of native bees (European honey bees aren't very thorough and it takes 4 visits to a flower to pollinate). High heat can also cause an abundance of male flowers, but rest assured that there isn't anything about the seed that would cause this issue.
Too bitter to eat!
Jo from MN
Owner Response: Hi Jo,
thank you for taking the time to share your experience. These cucumbers are generally not bitter, which makes us wonder if there was a stress issue or if they were possibly harvested large, with more developed seeds. We would love to troubleshoot this issue and we are always here to help gardeners get their best result. Please don't hesitate to contact us for help. Happy gardening.