Olympian Cucumber is a hybrid, gynoecious version of the popular, open-pollinated Marketmore cucumber. This is a consistent producer with heavy yields across a long production window. Olympian is a slicing cucumber variety with fruits that are dark green, straight, and uniform. At optimal flavor and texture, fruits will average 8″ long. Olympian can be grown outdoors or in a greenhouse for long-term production.
Olympian Cucumber is a gynoecious variety, meaning it produces only female flowers. Because the fruits originate from the female flowers, the yield is very high. Each packet of seeds contains 10-20% seeds of a pollinator variety which is similar in shape and size to Olympian. The pollinator is an open-pollinated variety that provides the male flowers needed for pollination. As a result, we recommend planting at least half the seed packet (25 seeds) to ensure the male flowers are present for pollination.
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.
Olympian 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 Tolerance: Anthracnose, Angular Leaf Spot, Scab, Powdery Mildew, Downy Mildew