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PlantFiles: Cucumber
Cucumis sativus 'Cross Country'

Family: Cucurbitaceae (koo-ker-bih-TAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Cucumis (KOO-koo-mis) (Info)
Species: sativus (sa-TEE-vus) (Info)
Cultivar: Cross Country
Hybridized by Ferry-Morse; Year of Registration or Introduction: 1987

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18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

Seed Type:
Unknown - Tell us

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Bloom Color:
Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer

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:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed


3 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Kennesawgarden On Jun 22, 2014, Kennesawgarden from Kennesaw, GA wrote:

Mom always told me small pickling cucs are best, so I tried these for the 1st time this year. So far, so good! Haven't had problems with misshapen fruit like with some other varieties. The plants produce an abundant amount of cucumbers. I also haven't had an issue with did colored leaves with this variety.

The cucs seem to grow very quickly once pollinated. They taste best when picked small which also helps continue the production of more. I've been plucking mine at 4 1/2 - 5 inches. Taste great in a salad as they have a nice, not too tough skin

Positive lssfishhunter On Jan 14, 2009, lssfishhunter from Jonesville, SC (Zone 7b) wrote:

I prefer the "pickling" cucumbers to eat fresh. Cross country is the most productive and best tasting cucumber that I have found.

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

Although growth is not as vigorous as other cultivars, Cross Country does bear a decent crop of 6" cucumbers starting in July.

Neutral Farmerdill On Jun 30, 2004, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

A hybrid pickling (white spine) cucumber.


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

Kennesaw, Georgia
Oxford, Maine
Waterford, Maine
Jonesville, South Carolina
Red Oak, Texas

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