Cucumber 'Japanese Climbing'

Cucumis sativus

Family: Cucurbitaceae (koo-ker-bih-TAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Cucumis (KOO-koo-mis) (Info)
Species: sativus (sa-TEE-vus) (Info)
Cultivar: Japanese Climbing
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Vines and Climbers


18-24 in. (45-60 cm)


9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

Seed Type:

Unknown - Tell us

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Bloom Color:

Gold (Yellow-Orange)

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Blooms repeatedly

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

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:

Unblemished fruit must be significantly overripe before harvesting seed; clean and dry seeds

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


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

Carmel, New York

Quitman, Texas

Gardeners' Notes:


On Aug 10, 2010, dgarden11 from Quitman, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

This was my first year to plant. Very impressed. Heavy producer. Seed germinates quickly in warmed soil. Planted in early spring and although the fruiting has slowed in 100+ temperatures, it is still producing in August. Long vines with tendrils are trained vertically on string trellis. Highly recommend for NE Texas.


On Aug 12, 2008, Sequee from Carmel, NY (Zone 6b) wrote:

I received these seeds from my DG friend oldseed, who RAVED about the cukes he was getting from his plants. I have to agree! Very tasy and very prolific!!!


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

Light green fruits are 7-9" long by 3" diameter and are produced all season. 58-65 days.


On Aug 19, 2004, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

The Eastern Native Seeds Conservacy describes as: "Listed by Thorburn in 1892 and introduced from Japan around that time. Strong grasping tendrils make these ideal for putting on trellises, hence the name. Fruits fairly shaped, somewhat long 6-8 inches. Rare."