Burpee Cucumber 'Bush Champion'
You won't believe the large number of crisp, bright greencucumbers you’ll harvest from Bush Champion. No room for vines? Bush types take one-third the space, so they're great for containers and raised beds. Bush Champion produces huge, 11-inch cukes with amazing flavor and wide adaptability, making this our favorite mini.
Growing Tips for Homeowners:
Cucumbers do not need a lot of attention once established in the garden. Since cucumbers love heat, they can follow cool-season crops like spinach and lettuce. The use of mulch can speed up growth by conserving soil moisture, maintaining a high soil temperature. Mulch will also keep the weeds under control.
Since cucumbers have a shallow root system, a continuous water supply is necessary for the best quality fruits. Water deeply once a week, applying at least one inch of water. Frequent but shallow watering will reduce overall yields.
Feed them well. Cucumbers, along with squash, melons, and pumpkins, are heavy feeders. If compost was incorporated into the soil prior to planting, fertilizer will not be needed early in the season. Apply an all-purpose vegetable garden fertilizer when your plant begins to set fruit.
Think vertical! When planning the garden, consider growing cucumbers vertically on a trellis, fence, or other support. This makes the best use of garden space by containing the vines and keeping them from sprawling throughout the garden, as well as keeping the fruits clean and straight as they develop above the ground. Researchers have proven that growing cucumbers vertically dramatically increases yields because the vines receive better air circulation and more sunlight than vines on the ground.
Like most vegetables, cucumbers are tender and tastiest when harvested young before their seeds are fully developed. Slicing varieties are generally ready for harvest when about 6 to 8 in. (15-20 cm) long; pickling types at 3 to 5 in. (7-12 cm).
Don't allow the fruits to become overripe on the vine. Keep mature fruits picked to encourage further production. Harvest the fruits early in the morning before the sun hits them for the best flavor and texture.
About 30 to 40 days before the first expected frost in your zone, pinch off all the blossoms on the plants. This will encourage the plants to bring the remaining fruits on the vines to maturity before the frost kills them.
Characteristics & Attributes:
- Full Sun