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Cucumber 'Japanese Climbing'

Cucumis sativus

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Japanese Climbing is part of the Cucumis genus and is a Cucumber variety. Its scientific name is Cucumis sativus 'Japanese Climbing'. 'Japanese Climbing' is considered a heirloom cultivar.

The crunchy, medium sized, light green fruits. 1

JAPANESE CLIMBING CUCUMBER was brought to America in 1892 by Thorburn from seed obtained in Japan. Vigorous growth, strong grasping tendrils. Absolutely the best for trellising on any aparatus and if you don’t supply one it will trellis itself on surrounding brush, bushes or fences. The fruits are 7" – 9" and 3" thick, dark blue green in color with black spines, and will bear continuously all season if kept picked clean. Excellent slicing or pickling and they have a fabulous crispiness even when not pickled. A truly fine cucumber! 58-65 days.

Japanese Climbing grows as an Annual and is a Vegetable. Being an Annual, it tends to grow best over the course of a single year. Japanese Climbing normally reaches to a mature height of 11.7 inches (30.0 cm). This variety tends to bloom in early summer.

Japan is believed to be where Japanese Climbing originates from.

Japanese Climbing 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 Japanese Climbing have been kindly provided by our members.

How to grow Japanese Climbing

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Since water is what makes your cucumbers so luscious, be sure they receive regular watering during all phases of their growth. Unless they are hybrid bush types, cukes need to be trained onto some sort of vertical apparatus (I prefer simply string and stake method, but you can put containers with a conical trellis. They like warmth and a sweet soil so you may need to add some lime a few weeks before you sow. You can sow directly or start indoors. Most importantly, once they begin to fruit you should pick regularly, because any spent cucumbers on the vine will signal the vine to stop producing and shut down.

Plant in a location that enjoys full sun and remember to water often. Keep in mind when planting that Japanese Climbing is thought of as tender, so remember to wait until your soil is warm and the night time temperature is well above freezing before moving outside. Use USDA Hardiness Zone 3 - 14 as your guideline for the appropriate climate for this plant. Japanese Climbing tends to grow best in a soil ph of between 5.5 and 6.8 meaning it does best in weakly acidic soil.

Growing Japanese Climbing from seed

Try to aim for a seed spacing of at least 11.7 inches (30.0 cm) and sow at a depth of around 0.47 inches (1.2 cm). Soil temperature should be kept higher than 16°C / 61°F to ensure good germination.

By our calculations, you should look at sowing Japanese Climbing about 14 days after your last frost date.

Transplanting Japanese Climbing

Ensure that temperatures are mild and all chance of frost has passed before planting out, as Japanese Climbing is a tender plant.

Harvesting Japanese Climbing

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

Cucumber Japanese Climbing Etymology

A Japanese variety introduced in the late 1800’s 1

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