Greenhouse grown for transplanting
Delicious 2002 All-America Selections winner bred by Johnny’s.
AAS trial judges throughout North America agreed – Diva just might be the best-tasting cuke on the planet. Diva looks like a regular salad cucumber but with a much smoother, thin, no-peel skin. Distinctly tender, crisp, sweet, bitter-free, and seedless; especially flavorful harvested small, about the size of a pickle. Plants are gynoecious (all-female) and parthenocarpic (grow fruits without pollination). Resistant to both mildews and scab. Foliage is nonbitter, hence not as attractive to cucumber beetles as some varieties. Adapted to open field production and under row covers or poly tunnels. Order 2198T (Treated) or 2198 (Untreated). Avg. 19,000 seeds/lb. Mini: 20 seeds.
Plant Cycle: (A) Days to Maturity or Bloom: 58
CULTURE: A warm, rich, limey ground is best but any well-drained, fertile soil will do. GROWING SEEDLINGS: Sow indoors in 2" plug trays, 3 seeds/cell, 4-5 weeks before weather is warm and settled. Keep temp. above 70°F (21°C) day and 60°F (16°C) night. Transplant 12" apart in rows 5-6’ apart. Do not disturb roots when transplanting. Cucumber plants cannot survive frost. DIRECT SEEDING: Wait until soil is warm, at least 70°F (21°C), usually at least a week after last frost. Cucumber seeds will not germinate at a soil temperature below 50°F (10°C) and germinate slowly at 68°F (20°C) soil temperature. Sow about 2" apart, 1/2" deep, rows 5-6’ apart. Thin to about 8" apart. POLY MULCH And ROW COVERS: Protect plants from insects and increase warmth for earlier and heavier yields. DISEASES: Choose disease-tolerant varieties, provide favorable growing conditions, plow in or remove and compost plant refuse, and control insect pests. Check our Book section for disease ID references. INSECT PESTS: Protect against cucumber beetles with floating row covers, or control with pyrethrin or rotenone. HARVEST: Once bearing begins, pick daily. STORAGE: Hold cucumbers at 45-50°F (7-10°C) and 90% humidity for up to 2 weeks. GREENHOUSE CROPPING: Plants can be pruned and string-trellised. Use only parthenocarpic (need no pollination) varieties. DAYS TO MATURITY: From direct seeding; subtract about 10 days if transplanting. AVG. SEEDING RATE: 175’/oz., 6 oz./1,000’, 2 1/2 lb./acre at 6 seeds/ft. in rows 6’ apart. TRANSPLANTS: Avg. 350 cells or pots/oz. at 3 seeds/cell. SEED SPECS: SEEDS/LB.: 16,000-21,000 (avg. 17,000). MINI: 1.5 gm. unless otherwise noted (approx. 1/19 oz., avg. 55 seeds). PACKET: 6 gm. unless otherwise noted (approx. 1/5 oz., avg. 220 seeds).
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