Armenian Striped Cucumber is an heirloom, open-pollinated variety that originated in Armenia. This Persian-style cucumber is commonly referred to as snake melon, as it is more closely-related to a honeydew melon than an actual cucumber. You’ll also see this variety called “painted serpent” due to the long, curved appearance of the fruit.
Armenian Striped Cucumber produces unique-looking fruits that are best harvested at 10-18″ long. The fruits are long and slender with slight ridges among the alternating light green and dark green stripes. This variety has an exceptionally crisp texture and sweet flavor, making it a great slicing cucumber. The beautiful exterior will surely make a statement on any salad or raw vegetable platter.
Cucumbers perform best when direct-seeded. They do not perform as well when transplanted. Cucumbers may be direct-seeded by hand or with a walk-behind seeder. To obtain a good stand of plants, we suggest planting seeds every 6-8″ inches and thinning to one seed per foot.
Cucumbers are a vining plant and grow best when given a trellised structure to climb. Use a strong trellis that is well-supported with deeply driven stakes. Keeping plants off the ground will reduce the potential of plant diseases like mildews and other diseases that can result from excess plant moisture.
Trellising will also keep the fruits cleaner and save time with harvesting and processing. It will also help to prevent fruit discoloration or yellowing from sitting on the soil surface. Our Hortonova Trellis Netting works great for trellising cucumbers and is easy to install.
Armenian Striped Cucumber Planting Information
Planting Method: direct seed
When to Plant: after last frost
Planting Depth: 1/2″
Seed Spacing: 12″
Row Spacing: 5-6′
Days to Maturity: 60
Disease Tolerance: None