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Cucumis sativus 'Summer Dance'

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

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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

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


1 positive
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive wyndwalkr On Jan 30, 2009, wyndwalkr from La Valle, WI wrote:

Grew these in 2008 for first time. Readily climbed trellis and grew many long thin cucumbers, as described. 100% germination, but took a few days longer than I expected with cukes.

I have space-deprived garden and trellis whatever I can, but recommend it for these cukes to insure their long, skinny desirability. Don't know if they would be different laying on the ground.

Everyone who I shared some with raved about them. Raw--no need to peel. Mild. Nearly seedless if picked at the 10 to 12 inch stage. I also made a sweet chunk (alum, 5-day) pickle with them to great success. These grow fast. I would suggest best for raw salad and sliced pickle, rather than trying to get an abundance at gerkin or whole dill pickle size.

Ordered from Pinetree Garden Seeds. Ordering packets for 4 other people this year! The only cuke for me until (or if) I find an open pollinated one I like as well.

Neutral Farmerdill On Aug 20, 2004, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

Available from Superseeds which offers this description; "(F1 Hybrid 70 days) An elongated Japanese type cukes, Summer Dance is notable in that every one of the fruit seem perfect, 10 inches long, about an inch wide with a deep green color and fairly smooth skin. The plant is a very vigorous grower setting many lateral vines for high productivity. It is resistant to both powdery and downy mildew. The flavor is sweet, mild, and refreshing, no need to peel these."


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

Bark River, Michigan

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