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Cucumis Sativus

Botanical Name:

Cucumis sativus

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How to Grow
Water
Medium
Water moderately, allowing the top 3cm to dry out between watering.
Sunlight
Full Sun
6+ hours of direct sun per day
Characteristics

Bloom Time

Jun, Jul, Aug

Plant Type

Vine, Annual, Edible, Vegetable

Lifespan

Annual

Flower

Yellow five-petaled flowers. Male and female flowers grow separately on the same plant. Multiple plants are required for successful pollination with the exception of seedless varieties. Some varieties have only female flowers and need a traditionally-flowering plant for pollination.

Fruit

The "vegetable" is botanically a fruit– it is a pepo, a berry with a hard rind. Long and cylindrical, starting out prickly when young and smoothing out to a bumpy surface as it matures. Length and girth can vary based on cultivar and culinary purpose but grow at least 3 in long. Some varieties are bred to be seedless.

Benefits
Attracts

Bees

Taxonomy

Order

Cucurbitales

Family

Cucurbitaceae

Genus

Cucumis

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