Salad Bush Hybrid Cucumbers

Overview

Salad Bush is a variety of cucumber. This award-winning hybrid harvests in 57 days and is very disease resistant, according to the University of Illinois. Like all cucumbers, this variety is a warm-season vegetable. Some cucumbers are climbing plants, while others grow in a more compact form. Cucumbers can be eaten fresh, cooked, or pickled.

Appearance

Salad Bush produces 8-inch-long, slender cucumbers that grow on bushy, compact plants rather than on vines, according to the University of Illinois. The cucumbers are uniform in shape, size and color, with an attractive, symmetrical appearance. This variety is an All-American Selection winner.

Planting

Plant Salad Bush hybrid seeds directly into the warm spring soil. Only plant after all danger of frost is past. The seeds should be pressed into the ground about 1/2 to 1 inch deep. Once the seedlings sprout, thin them out so that there is one seedling every foot or so along the row.

Culture

Salad Bush is a hardy plant that produces cucumbers even under adverse conditions, according to "The San Diego Union Tribune." It can even be grown in a container, but like all cucumbers, it prefers rich, moist, loamy soil. These warmth-loving vegetables need full sun to grow and thrive.

Harvest

Cucumbers grow rapidly and should be harvested almost continually during the growing season, according to the University of Illinois. They can be harvested at any time during the growing period and should not be allowed to turn yellow. Many immature cucumbers are harvested at a small size for use in pickling. Salad Bush cucumbers are most often used for slicing and should be harvested before or when they reach 8 inches in length.

Cucumber Beetle

Watch out for cucumber beetles, which are small, black-and-yellow beetles. These flying insects will move rapidly from one plant to another, munching on all parts of the plant as they go. They can also carry bacterial diseases, so it's important to get rid of them when you see them, or you may lose your entire crop of cucumbers, according to the University of Illinois. Cover plants in the spring (uncover when in bloom) with polyester covers, or use an insecticide approved for use on cucumber beetles.

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April Sanders has been a professional writer since 1998. She has worked as an educator and now writes academic research content for EBSCO Publishing and elementary reading curriculum for Compass Publishing. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in social psychology from the University of Washington and a master's degree in information sciences and technology in education from Mansfield University.