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Cucumis sativus 'Straight 8'

Family: Cucurbitaceae (koo-ker-bih-TAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Cucumis (KOO-koo-mis) (Info)
Species: sativus (sa-TEE-vus) (Info)
Cultivar: Straight 8

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6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

Seed Type:
Open Pollinated

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Bloom Color:
Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:
Blooms repeatedly

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Propagation Methods:
From seed; sow indoors before last frost
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Unblemished fruit must be significantly overripe before harvesting seed; clean and dry seeds
Ferment seeds before storing

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5 positives
No neutrals
2 negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive WillowWasp On Jul 5, 2009, WillowWasp from Jones Creek, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

One of the better cukes for eating in salad or just peel and eat. I also use this one for Bread and Butter Pickles because it can get pretty big. This is an ole standby and has been for many years.

Negative nwl On Jul 29, 2007, nwl from Oxford, ME (Zone 5a) wrote:

We have tried growing this cultivar several times with no luck.

Negative carminator1 On Nov 25, 2005, carminator1 from mobile, AL (Zone 8a) wrote:

Planted straight 8 in the summer of 2004. Taste was bitter and also the skin was very tough, I had to peel all the cucumbers, I much rather eath cucumbers with thin skin.

Positive Big_Red On Jun 22, 2004, Big_Red from Bethelridge, KY (Zone 6a) wrote:

Very prolific, can be picked and used at any size, just a good all-around cuke.

Positive VeganGurl20 On Jan 5, 2004, VeganGurl20 from Tulsa, OK wrote:

These cucumbers are extremely easy to grow from seed, and they grow up very quickly. Once this plant gets going, it grows and produces cucumbers like crazy!! Highly recommended.

Positive Farmerdill On Nov 19, 2003, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

This is one of the best of the standard slicing type cucumbers. Prolific and easy to grow. I have replaced it in my plantings with Straight Nine but there is only a smidgen of difference.

Positive melody On Aug 18, 2002, melody from Benton, KY (Zone 7a) wrote:

I've always enjoyed this variety of cucumber.It has a wonderful rich taste when eaten fresh and makes yummy pickles.

When eating fresh,you must peel them,but as I prefer picklers for all purposes,it doesn't bother me. They have an old fashioned taste that you just don't get with hothouse cukes.

It is an Open Pollinated variety and you can save seeds from year to year.Just be aware that cucumbers cross pollinate easily and you should only grow one variety at a time for your seeds to remain pure.

To save seeds,the cukes must be large,yellow and very overripe.Scrape out the seed cavity and ferment the gel off the seeds.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Sun City, California
Lake Wales, Florida
Ocala, Florida
Palatka, Florida
Pensacola, Florida
River Ranch, Florida
Augusta, Georgia
Valdosta, Georgia
Caseyville, Illinois
Benton, Kentucky
Bethelridge, Kentucky
Ewing, Kentucky
Vanceburg, Kentucky
Independence, Louisiana
Clinton, Massachusetts
Macomb, Michigan
La Crescent, Minnesota
Salisbury, New Hampshire
Dayton, Ohio
Toledo, Ohio
Tulsa, Oklahoma
Willow Street, Pennsylvania
Freeport, Texas
Radford, Virginia
Roanoke, Virginia
Troy, Virginia
Dayton, Washington

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