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PlantFiles: Cucumber
Cucumis sativus 'Boothby's Blonde'

Family: Cucurbitaceae (koo-ker-bih-TAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Cucumis (KOO-koo-mis) (Info)
Species: sativus (sa-TEE-vus) (Info)
Cultivar: Boothby's Blonde

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3 members have or want this plant for trade.


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:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
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
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored


3 positives
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive DonShirer On Jan 12, 2011, DonShirer from Westbrook, CT (Zone 6a) wrote:

Convenient slicing size, thin skin, grew well even in a partly shaded area.

Neutral berrygirl On Feb 27, 2007, berrygirl from Braselton, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

Have seeds but not grown it yet. This is what SSE says about it: "An heirloom variety from the Boothby family of Livermore, Maine where it has been grown for several generations. Heavy producer of oval 6-8" creamy-yellow warty fruits with black spines. Excellent crisp sweet flavor, no need to peel. Best when eaten at about 4" long. Very good for bread and butter pickles. 55-60 days."

Positive heirloomacres On Jul 23, 2006, heirloomacres from New Bloomfield, MO wrote:

We were surprised by this old Maine heirloom. Excellent flavor and fragrance. High yield and tolerance to heat. Pick when 3-4" long.

Neutral melody On Jan 30, 2006, melody from Benton, KY (Zone 7a) wrote:

This is an old heirloom variety from the Boothby family of Livermore, ME. No need to peel these light skinned fruits. They are heavy producers and the cucumbers are used for both fresh eating and pickling. 55-60 days

Positive tweezle On Mar 1, 2003, tweezle from State College, PA (Zone 5b) wrote:

We were very pleased with the cukes we harvested. They are a creamy yellow with black spines and run about 6" long. They have a very nice flavor and we liked the texture as well.


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

Denver, Colorado
Westbrook, Connecticut
Jacksonville, Illinois
New Bloomfield, Missouri

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