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PlantFiles: Cucumber
Cucumis sativus 'Thunderbird'

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

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Vines and Climbers

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

6-9 in. (15-22 cm)

Seed Type:

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Bloom Color:
Gold (Yellow-Orange)

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

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2 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive AdobeGardener On Jan 3, 2014, AdobeGardener from Kittanning, PA (Zone 5a) wrote:

Grew this cuc in the Santa Fe area for many years and loved it. Took years to finally find a good-tasting cuc tough enough to withstand dry conditions, wind and pests. Unfortunately the seeds are no longer available under the name of Thunderbird and I understand the closest replacement is General Lee, which I grew for 2 years. Not as good, not as tough, doesn't produce as much. Too bad. It was a great cuc.

Positive Farmerdill On Jul 22, 2004, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

A 1999 gynoecious hybrid slicer from Ken Owens, Seminis. Dark green 9 x 2.5 inch fruit. Resistant to angular leafspot, anthracnose, powdery mildew, scab, Cucumber Mosaic Virus, Watermelon Mosaic Virus, PRSV, and Zuchinni Yellow Mosaic Virus. Available from Rispen Seed. Grows well here but about 10 days later than Olympian.


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

Augusta, Georgia
Santa Fe, New Mexico

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