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How do bush cucumbers compare with vining varieties?

Cucumber    USA

I am interested in trying out some bush cucumber varieties this year, would anybody be able to comment on the pros and cons compared with a regular vining variety, particularly for burpless cucumbers. They look like a good way to save space but I do not want to compromise on yield. Many thanks in advance.


Posted by: Maggie Muffins (8 points) Maggie Muffins
Posted: March 27, 2013


Wurgulf commented,
What varieties were you looking at Margaret?
almost 8 years ago.

Maggie Muffins commented,
funnily enough it was burpless bush. I would prefer to consume them fresh and not grow picklers this year. Perhaps I will experiment and try out a couple of bushes along with my regular vines and see which I prefer.
almost 8 years ago.

Wurgulf commented,
If your looking for a change in vining types I loved my Armenian "Cucumbers", the skins were very soft and required absolutely no peeling http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Armenian...
almost 8 years ago.



Answers

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Bush cucumber varieties are great because they cut back significantly on space needed. There is a yield loss (about 15 cukes for vining and about 10 for bush) though if you can fit more plants that will eventually make up for the loss. One thing to keep in mind with bush varieties is that diseases become a problem because there is a lot more shading due to leaves overlapping. I really think it's personal preference though because the fruit quality is just as good in either type of cucumber.


Posted by: Kathryn Fiedler (72 points) Kathryn Fiedler
Posted: March 27, 2013


Maggie Muffins commented,
which varieties would you recommend Kathryn?
almost 8 years ago.

Kathryn Fiedler commented,
it depends on your area. We have serious downy mildew issues in VA so we try to grow resistant varieties to help prevent losses.
almost 8 years ago.



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Pros - high yields in a small space.
You can plant more plants close together, so compromising on yield is not an issue. They work great for pickling as you get a nice supply of stocky compact fruits at one time, and they make good pickles. They are fine for eating fresh too, but if you want long slicer type fruit, this is not it.
Cons - my experience over the last five years is that they are not long season, especially if the weather gets hot - plants tend to decline or produce few fruit. I have also had problems with spider mites. Still, the bush pickles are my favorites for pickling.


Posted by: Charlie B. (2 points) Charlie B.
Posted: March 27, 2013




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Bush cucks if you want small cucks and not to many. Vine if you want bigger cucks and a lot.


Posted by: Deleted User (0 points) Deleted User
Posted: March 28, 2013




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