English Telegraph Burpless Cucumber (English Cucumber)


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The English Telegraph Burpless Cucumber is a classic heirloom variety cherished for its long, slender shape, excellent texture, productive growth. Growing 12-18 inches in length, this smooth, dark green cucumber boasts a crisp, non-bitter flavor with minimal seeds, making it perfect for fresh eating, salads, and sandwiches. The English Telegraph Cucumber was a favorite in Victorian England, often grown in heated greenhouses called "cucumber houses" to ensure a steady supply year-round, especially during the colder months. English Telegraph Burpless is an excellent choice for both greenhouse and outdoor cultivation. Burpless cucumbers are bred with low levels of cucurbitacin, making it easier to digest! They are sometimes called "English or European Cucumbers," and are wrapped in plastic in stores to protect this thin-skinned variety. Delicious for slicing and great for crisp pickles. This cucumber's versatility and delightful taste make it a staple in any garden and kitchen. 

Also Known As: Victorian Cucumber, Hothouse Cucumber, Greenhouse Cucumber, Near-Seedless Cucumber, European Cucumber, Burpless Cucumber, Long Cucumber, Improved Telegraph Cucumber, Continental Cucumber, Slicing Cucumber, Garden Cucumber.

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Plant Name:
Cucumber, English Telegraph Burpless
Latin Name:
Cucumis sativus
Days to Germinate: 3-10
Days to Harvest: 63
Germination Rate: 89%
Test Date: 7/24
Growth Habit: Vining
USDA Zones: 2-10
Lifespan: Annual
Brand: TomorrowSeeds
Sunlight: Full Sun, Partial Shade
Heirloom, Open-Pollinated
Fungicide-Treated Seeds*: No
Seeds Packed For**: 2025

*Fungicide-treated seeds protect the seedlings from diseases until they are up and growing. Do not eat treated seeds.
**Seeds are freshly packed for the growing season of the year listed. Seeds are still viable beyond pack date. Store in a cool and dry location such as the refrigerator or basement to best preserve germination rates.

Planting Instructions:



Soil Preparation:

Remove weeds, large rocks, and litter from the planting area. Leave small weeds and dead grass, they will enrich the soil when turned under. Spade the soil 8-12 inches deep and turn each shovel of soil over completely to cover the plant materials with soil. You may add fertilizer or organic matter at this point (see "Fertilizing" below). Make rows of soil beds 4-6 inches high and at least 3 feet apart. This formation of ridges will help with drainage, which is essential for cucumbers.


Since cucumbers cannot survive frost, plant only after all danger of frost has passed and the soil begins to warm. Choose an area with full sunlight, well-drained soil, and away from tree roots. To plant, make 1 inch deep holes spaced 12-14 inches apart in raised beds down the rows, then plant 3-4 cucumber seeds in each hole. Cover seeds with about 1 inch of fine soil and firm the soil with the flat side of a hoe, but do not pack it. By planting several seeds, you are more likely to get a stand. Remove extra plants after seedlings emerge.

Cucumber vines can reach 6-8 feet long or more and require lots of space. In large gardens, cucumbers can be spread on the ground. In small gardens, cucumbers can be trained on a fence, trellis, cage, or along a wire attached to a wall. If wire cages are used, plant along the cage or trellis. *Tip: You can plant fast maturing crops such as lettuce and radishes between cucumber hills to save space. These will be harvested before the cucumber vines get too large.

Planting Depth: 1 inch
Within-Row Spacing:
12 inches, trellis
Between-Row Spacing:
3 feet


Care During the Season:

Watering: Water the plants well about once a week if it does not rain.

Weeding: Keep cucumbers plants as weed-free as possible. When plowing or hoeing do not dig deeper than 1 inch to prevent from cutting the feeder rooters which may slow the plant's growth. Cucumbers produce both male and female flowers. Male flowers will open first then drop off while female flowers will form the cucumber and should not drop off. *Tip: You can use a cotton swab to touch the inside of each male and female flower to pollinate the flowers and help them develop in into fruit.

Fertilizing: Cucumbers require plenty of fertilizer, scatter 1 cup of a complete fertilizer for each 10 feet of row. Work into the soil and leave the surface smooth. When vines are 10-12 inches long, you may optionally apply 1/2 cup of fertilizer for each 10 feet of row, or 1 tablespoon per plant. Water the plants after fertilizing.

Insecticides: Insecticides may be used to protect plants. Bt-based insecticides and sulfur are organic options. Sulfur also has fungicidal properties and helps in controlling many diseases. Before using a pesticide, read the label and always follow cautions, warnings and directions.

Diseases: Diseases can show up as spots on the upper or lower sides of leaves or cucumbers. Check the plants daily and if these spots appear, treat the plant with an approved fungicide. Neem oil, sulfur, and other fungicides may be used. Please always follow label directions.


Harvest cucumbers when reach the desired size and are green in color. Telegraph Cucumbers for slicing are best picked when they are 10-13 inches long and 1 inch or more in diameter when mature. Cucumbers grown for pickling are best 3-4 inches long and up to 1 inch in diameter at maturity. Either type can be used for pickling if picked when small. Try not to wait until cucumbers turn yellow because they will be over-mature and have a strong flavor.


Nutrition Facts:

Calories 8
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0 g 0%
Saturated fat 0 g 0%
Polyunsaturated fat 0 g
Monounsaturated fat 0 g
Cholesterol 0 mg 0%
Sodium 1 g 0%
Potassium 76mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 7 g 1%
Dietary fiber <1 g 1%
Protein 0 g 3%
Vitamin A 2% Vitamin C 5%
Calcium 3% Iron 1%
Vitamin D 0% Vitamin B-6 0%
Cobalamin 0% Magnesium 2%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.