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English Cucumbers

English cucumbers

English cucumbers

English cucumbers

English cucumbers

Long and slender, the English cucumber is considered the ‘common’ cucumber in Europe. In the U.S. it’s less common, and usually found shrink-wrapped in grocery stores to extend its shelf-life. Prized for its thin skin that doesn’t need peeling, its slightly sweet taste, and its small seeds, the English cucumber’s pale green, juicy flesh is typically eaten fresh alone or in salads or sandwiches.

Sun Exposure

  • Full sun (six to eight hours)

Soil pH

  • 6.0 to 7.0

Hardiness Zones

  • 4 to 12


  • Plant 1 to 3 feet apart


  • Water deeply 1 inch a week to keep soil evenly moist


  • Long and slim
  • Tender, thin skin
  • Sweet, juicy, and crisp
  • Often marketed as seedless
  • Great for salads, sandwiches, snacks, a base for canapes, and as a garnish for beverages

Do you grow English cucumbers? If so, please tell us your top tips for ensuring a delicious harvest.

  • Nancy S.

    I have a regular English Cucumber plant started but would like to grow mini English cucumbers. Are they any different?

    • Norann O.

      I too love those mini cucumbers. Here are 3 varieties that are worth trying: Mini Munch, Excelsior and Picolino. Good luck and let us know if you chose one of these varieties and how it turns out.


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