Expedition Cucumber is a hybrid, pickling cucumber variety that produces heavy yields of dark green, blocky fruits. This variety has an excellent disease-resistance package including resistance to cucumber mosaic virus and powdery mildew. The plants start producing pickling cucumbers early and provide significant yields throughout their lifespan. The blocky fruits have a 3:1 length to diameter ratio and are great for picking spears or whole dill pickles.
Expedition Cucumber is a gynoecious variety which means that it produces only female flowers. This means that it is much more productive than open-pollinated cucumber varieties. Each seed packet will contain 10% of a pollenizer variety, which is an open-pollinated variety that provides the male flowers needed for pollination. As a result, we recommend planting at least 20 seeds at a time to ensure the male flowers are present.
Cucumbers may be direct-seeded or transplanted. If you have heavy weed pressure, you may want to consider transplanting. Cucumber transplants grow well in our 162 Cell Seed Starting Trays. They can also be direct-seeded and will usually germinate in a few days if properly watered.
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 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.
Expedition 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: 55
Disease Resistance: Angular Leaf Spot, Scab, Cucumber Mosaic Virus, Powdery Mildew, Anthracnose