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Cucumis sativus 'Carmen'
  • RHS AGM

cucumber 'Carmen'

A high-yielding cucumber with good disease-resistance. 40cm long, straight, mild-flavoured fruits are produced on climbing plants from late summer into autumn. Best grown under glass

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Size
Ultimate height
2.5–4 metres
Time to ultimate height
1 year
Ultimate spread
0.1–0.5 metres
Growing conditions
Loam
Moisture
Moist but well–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring
Summer Yellow Green Green
Autumn Green Green
Winter
Position
  • Full sun
Aspect

East–facing or South–facing or West–facing

Exposure
Sheltered
Hardiness
H1C
Botanical details
Family
Cucurbitaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Deciduous
Habit
Climbing
Potentially harmful
Pets: Bitter fruit can be TOXIC if eaten - see the HTA guide to potentially harmful plants for further information and useful contact numbers
Genus

Cucumis is a genus of twining plants with tendrils which includes cucumber, melons and gerkins. Around 30 species are native to Africa and 25 to India, Southeast Asia and Australia.

Name status

Accepted

How to grow

Cultivation

Transfer young plants into large pots of good quality compost or into the greenhouse border. Water little and often to keep the growing medium evenly moist. Feed evert 10-14 days with a balanced liquid fertiliser. Provide wires or canes for the plants to climb up. See 'growing cucumbers' in vegetable cultivation for further information

Propagation

Propagate by seed. See sowing vegetable seeds

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Conservatory and greenhouse
  • Edible fruit
Pruning

Pinch out the growing point when it reaches the greenhouse roof. Pinch out the tips of side shoots two leaves beyond a female flower (which has a tiny fruit behind it). Pinch out the tips of flowerless side shoots once they reach 60cm long

Pests

May be susceptible to glasshouse whitefly

Diseases

May be susceptible to cucumber mosaic virus and powdery mildews

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