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.
$2.69 20 seeds

Botanical Name: Cucumis sativus var. sativus

Days to Maturity: 60 days

Family: Cucurbitaceae

Native: Southern Asia

Hardiness: Frost-sensitive annual

Plant Dimensions: 8' vines

Variety Information: 10"–18" long, skinny, dark green fruits with sweet flesh. Vines can be up to 8' long.

Type: Parthenocarpic, slicing cucumber

Attributes: Burpless, Parthenocarpic

When to Sow Outside: RECOMMENDED. 1 to 2 weeks after your average last frost date, and when soil temperature is at least 60°F, ideally 70°–90°F.

When to Start Inside: 2 to 4 weeks before your average last frost date. Cucumbers are sensitive to root disturbance; sow in biodegradable pots.

Days to Emerge: 5–10 days

Seed Depth: ½"

Seed Spacing: A group of 2 seeds every 12"

Row Spacing: 36"

Thinning: When 3 leaves, thin to 1 plant every 12"

Harvesting: Pick, and pick some more! Overly mature cucumbers on the vine will slow production of new cucumbers. Cut the stem rather than pulling at the fruit, as stems are fragile. To increase the quality and storage time, once picked, immediately immerse in cold water to disperse "field heat".

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Telegraph Improved Cucumber Seeds Reviews

8 reviews
Best cucumber seeds ever!
Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon Aug 15, 2019
These plants are pretty amazing, I have never seen so many flowers on a cucumber plant, at this time the cucumbers are just starting to form and I am very pleased on how easy these seeds were to grow and the results, friends and family will be happy too, since I know I will be sharing this harvest in the upcoming months.
Christine Fornek

Wrong Seeds
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Well, my cucumbers are fruiting at about 70 days post-transplant and it's safe to say these aren't Telegraph variety as stated on the package -- I have a different English cuke growing elsewhere and the two look completely different. The seeds I received are for some kind of pickling variety. This actually works out because I was kicking myself for not planting pickling cukes this year so I guess I'll try whatever these are! They have nice big, vigorous vines (5' and climbing) that are only just starting to show disease pressure in our hot, humid climate. They have been putting out male flowers nonstop for a while now which I'm sure my pollinators appreciate! So five stars to whichever pickling cuke I have received, but you might want to double-check the telegraph packages :)
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.

Poor germination
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Only 4 germinated.
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.

Male flowers
Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon Aug 21, 2020
My plant just start showing flowers but all of them are male flowers is it ok?
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!

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Not impressed with these, very disappointed. No tendrils formed for climbing altho trellis was available, bitter, definitely not long and straight--curled and more gourd shaped.
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
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This was my first time growing cucumbers from seeds and they were more productive than any other cucumber I've bought at a nursery. I first tried these in pots but found they did much better in the ground. Will definitely plant these again!

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This is a great variety to grow ..Plants are vigorous with above average flower sets and have been producing 18-20" cukes for months now ....Will order again

Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon Sep 16, 2020
We started these indoors and transplanted to our garden. We had mostly male flowers and we only harvested three cucumbers.
Rita Wojchik
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.

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