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PlantFiles: Cucumber
Cucumis sativus 'Sikkim'

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

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Vines and Climbers

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

Seed Type:
Open Pollinated

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

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1 neutral
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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Pitcom On Jul 4, 2012, Pitcom from Avondale, PA (Zone 6b) wrote:

So far I have been really surprised by this cucumber. Out of all the varieties I am growing, this one is setting the most fruit during this hot summer we are having. They have not been as large as I read they would be. Mine are ripening all around the same size, which is that of a closed fist. The cukes are really gorgeous, and quite unique in coloration. The taste is simply wonderful, they have a subtle hint of honeydew melon.

Positive CatskillKarma On Aug 21, 2004, CatskillKarma from West Kill, NY wrote:

I am growing this in a planter on my front stoop in the Catskill mountains. We have a very short season here and this year has been unusually cool and rainy. It took a very long time for them to get going, but now that they are going, they are incredibly vigorous. There are several plants in a small planter growing up fishing line. The tendrils seem to appear overnight and cling tight as soon as they touch anything. The vines are covered with flowers and beginning to set fruit. I'll report back after they're harvested.

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

The historic cucumber of 'Sikkim'. Fat, large fruit can reach 15" long by 6" wide. The ripe fruit is a unique rusty red color and is good eaten cooked or raw. In Asia cucumbers are often stir-fried and are quite tasty. This variety is grown in the Himalayas of Sikkim and Nepal. Sir Joseph Hooker first discovered it in the eastern Himalayas in 1848. Here is part of what he wrote about it: "So abundant were the fruits, that for days together I saw gnawed fruits lying by the nativesí paths by the thousands, and every man, woman and child seemed engaged throughout the day in devouring them." "


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

Hartford, Connecticut
West Kill, New York
Aston, Pennsylvania

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