Cucumber 'Early Fortune'

Cucumis sativus

Family: Cucurbitaceae (koo-ker-bih-TAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Cucumis (KOO-koo-mis) (Info)
Species: sativus (sa-TEE-vus) (Info)
Cultivar: Early Fortune
Hybridized by Davis Perfect
Registered or introduced: 1906
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18-24 in. (45-60 cm)


18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Seed Type:

Open Pollinated

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Bloom Color:

Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

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:

Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds

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

Ferment seeds before storing

Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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:

Clanton, Alabama

Deatsville, Alabama

Marbury, Alabama

Verbena, Alabama

Wetumpka, Alabama

Augusta, Georgia

Rogersville, Missouri

Troy, Virginia

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Sep 20, 2011, GSF from Deatsville, AL wrote:

I believe this was the type we grew this year. It was our first time attempting cucumbers. From what I've read cucumber have shallow roots. I got the pine straw, hay, & goat poop from the sheds and placed on top of the ground around the plants.

The smartest thing I did was take two metal T-Post and drive them in at around a 35 degree angle. Then I placed a 4 foot by 8 foot run of cow panel on them and tied it in. The smart thing about this was you could look under the wire and see your cucumbers other wise you would have to search deligently through your vines for harvest. Often you would find a huge one that had finally got so big it couldn't help but be seen.

The other new thing we done was to take the huge cucumbers (the one that folks say is to big to eat... read more


On Feb 27, 2007, berrygirl from Braselton, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

Fruits are 7-8" long by 2" diameter. 55-60 days.


On Oct 2, 2004, winter_unfazed from Rural Webster County, MO (Zone 6a) wrote:

Selected in 1910 at Royal Oak,MI from now-extinct Davis Perfect , a chance cross due to handling the herbaceous couple during wet weather.Susceptible to the powdery mildew that destroyed many cuke vines in 2004,but does well in cool weather. Bounces back from mildew if managed well.


On Jan 13, 2004, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

This variety was my favorite slicer well into the 50's. Newer cultivars are more prolific, more consistent in color etc. But I still remember this cultivar fondly. 2011, Found seeds and grew it again this year. Performing well, altho not competitive with Olympian, Talledega, or Thunderbird in yield or appearance.