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Cucumber 'Early Russian'

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 Russian
Additional cultivar information:(aka Borowskian, Early Russian Gherkin, Extra Early Russian, Improved Early Russian, Murom)
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Vines and Climbers


18-24 in. (45-60 cm)


6-9 in. (15-22 cm)

Seed Type:

Unknown - Tell us

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Bloom Color:

Bright Yellow

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:

Kernersville, North Carolina

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Madison, Wisconsin

Gardeners' Notes:


On May 19, 2014, elsutor from Penn Hills, PA wrote:

Perfect for pickles. I have grown this for a few years, although last year it was attacked by cucumber beetles before it could produce anything, and died of wilt. I will try it again this year in a different spot and with more protection, because it is absolutely delicious. The flavor, texture, growth habit, and productivity are all exactly what one would want from the perfect cucumber plant, this variety just seems quite susceptible to sickness.


On Mar 15, 2008, rebecca101 from Madison, WI (Zone 5a) wrote:

This cucumber can only be described as insanely productive. At one point I was harvesting a quart or more every day from just two plants. I would pick absolutely every cucumber I could see on the plant - and the next day there would be a ton more that appeared out of nowhere. They seemed capable of growing entire cucumbers overnight. Definitely a good cuke for pickling. Good only when small - quality declined when they got medium sized. Unfortunately they got wilt and died in August, but they stuck it out about a week longer than my other varieties of cucumber which also succumbed. About 60 days from seed for me (listed as 52).


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

Available from Seeds of Change which describes it thusly: "First offered in 1888, this pickler starts producing early and keeps going until autumn frosts. Mild and never bitter, these stocky, medium-green fruits are perfect for the short seasons you'd imagine in Russia. A time-tested favorite at our research farms."