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Cucumber 'Lemon'    

Cucumis sativus

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Lemon is part of the Cucumis genus and is a Cucumber variety. Its scientific name is Cucumis sativus 'Lemon'. 'Lemon' is considered a heirloom OP (open polliated) cultivar. Blooms appear in these approximate colours:   Yellow. The mature flowers are of a Single form. When ripe, fruit appear in these approximate colours:   Yellow and   Light goldenrod yellow.

An excellent variety for shorter and/or cooler growing regions. Sweeter than regular cucumbers, the small yellow fruit resemble lemons (hence the name) with a lime green interior. Fruit is ripe when it begins to colour, but fruit can also be picked still in the green stage.


Vines grow 6-8’ long.


Lemon cucumbers may also be pickled, or stuffed with relish.

An annual, so it will last but a year in its native climate. Normally reaching to a mature height of 11.7 inches (30.0 cm), Lemon grows with a climbing growth habit. This variety tends to bloom in late spring.

Russia is believed to be where Lemon originates from.

Lemon Cucumber needs a moderate amount of maintenance, so some level of previous experience comes in handy when growing this plant. Ensure that you are aware of the soil, sun, ph and water requirements for this plant and keep an eye out for pests.

This variety plant info is provided by the myfolia gardener's wiki. All details about Lemon have been kindly provided by our members.

How to grow Lemon

  • Full Sun

  • High

Enjoys a full sun position in your garden and remember to water often. Keep in mind when planting that Lemon is thought of as tender, so it is really important to ensure that the outside temperature is well above freezing before planting or moving outdoors. USDA Hardiness Zone 3 to 14 are typically the USDA Hardiness Zones that are appropriate for this plant (although this can vary based on your microclimate). Lemon tends to grow best in a soil ph of between 5.5 and 6.8 meaning it does best in weakly acidic soil.

Growing Lemon from seed

Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds.

Look to ensure a distance 11.7 inches (30.0 cm) between seeds when sowing - bury at a depth of at least 0.47 inches (1.2 cm) deep. Soil temperature should be kept higher than 16°C / 61°F to ensure good germination.

By our calculations, you should look at sowing Lemon about 35 days before your last frost date.

Transplanting Lemon

Ensure that temperatures are mild (minimum night temperatures should be around 15°C / 59°F) and all chance of frost has passed before planting out, as Lemon is a tender plant.

By our calculations, you should look at planting out Lemon about 10 days after your last frost date.

Harvesting Lemon

The size, shape, and color of a lemon. Ready in 60 days.

This variety tends to be ready for harvesting by mid summer.

Lemon folklore & trivia

This heirloom reportedly dates from 1894.

Other Names for Cucumber 'Lemon'

Lemon apple

Latest Cucumber 'Lemon' Reviews

  • Really very pleased with this heirloom variety. 100% germination. Grows quickly and produces a lot of tasty cucumbers which are the perfect size to be included in 1 or 2 individual salads.

    5 stars

    crochetkim about growing Lemon Cucumber
  • Prolific. Tasty. Hearty. Vigorous. I only gave it 4 stars, because this variety of lemon cucumber didn’t have quite the taste I wanted. It could have been my soil. But, on the whole, extremely edible. Not for people who like “seedless” cucumbers.

    4 stars

    KathN about growing Cucumber 'Lemon'
  • These are wonderful. Prolific, easy to grow, beautiful, and oh so tasty. Sweet w/ no after-burp. Drawback seemed to be short shelf-life in the fridge; they dried out and shriveled if left in there for more than a day or two. Not a problem since I ate

    5 stars

    naturedance about growing Cucumber 'Lemon'
  • The one I was able to harvest tasted quite good. I would rate it above the marketmores I planted last year, although the size of it isn’t convenient for our needs.

    3 stars

    El_Bano about growing Lemon Cucumber
  • Very attractive and performs well in NC summer, but prone to powdery mildew and many insect attacks (as many cucurbits are.) Nice flavour, especially for fresh eating.

    3 stars

    angelchrome about growing Cucumber 'Lemon'

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