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Sweet and crunchy Socrates is a thin-skinned cuke bred for cool conditions. It stays productive under lower light conditions in autumn but in thrives in poly-tunnels and in the open field. Parthenocarpic, and resistant to scab & mildew. 52 days, F1.

How to grow Cucumbers

Timing: Direct-seed or transplant. All types need really warm soil to germinate. If direct-seeding on the coast, wait until early to mid-June. If the weather turns cool and rainy after planting, you might need to re-seed. Or start transplants in individual pots 3-4 weeks before seeing out when the weather is warm.

Seeding: Sow around 2cm (1") deep, and keep moist.

Growing: Cucumbers love warm soil so use plastic mulch or a floating row cover to heat things up in the spring. Warm, well-drained soil is essential. Add dolomite lime and compost or well-rotted manure to the bed and ½ to 1 cup of balanced organic fertilizer mixed into the soil beneath each transplant.

Seed Specs: Canada No. 1 germination standard: 80% Usual seed life: 3 years.

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