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PlantFiles: Cucumber
Cucumis sativus 'China Long'

Family: Cucurbitaceae (koo-ker-bih-TAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Cucumis (KOO-koo-mis) (Info)
Species: sativus (sa-TEE-vus) (Info)
Cultivar: China Long
Additional cultivar information: (aka Chicago Giant, Chinese Evergreen, Early Chinese, Great Giant, Jumbo, Long China)
Hybridized by Vick's Seed; Year of Registration or Introduction: 1862

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18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Seed Type:
Unknown - Tell us

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Bloom Color:
Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer
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; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds


1 positive
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Farmerdill On Jan 13, 2004, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

While it is a novelty to impress one friends and neighbors, it is also quite edible. While in Radford, several families requested this cultivar for bread and butter pickles. It is exceptionally crisp. Seeds are hard to find, I got them from Burgess in 1966 but haven't seen any lately. The vines needs to be trellised otherwise the 1.5 inch x 2 foot cucumbers are extremely crooked. They also have a very thin skin and are quickly done in by soil insects.


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

Radford, Virginia

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