Straight Eight Cucumber is an heirloom, open-pollinated variety known for its straight, high-quality fruits. This slicing cucumber variety was an AAS winner in 1935 and has been grown by backyard gardeners for decades. Straight Eight is widely-adapted and will perform well in all growing zones during the warm-growing season.
Straight Eight Cucumber produces vigorous vines that perform best when allowed to climb on a trellis. Fruits are best when picked around 8″ long and have a smooth, dark green skin and a crisp flesh. The fruits have a small seed cavity, making this a great slicing variety for salads, vegetable platters, dips, and more!
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.
Straight Eight 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: 65
Disease Tolerance: None