The Poinsett 76 Cucumber is an excellent slicing cucumber that is perfect for salads. Released in 1976, the Poinsett 76is an improved version of the Poinsett Cucumber that is resistant to most cucumber diseases such as downy mildew, powdery mildew, angular leaf spot and anthracnose.
Cucumbers with the peel are an excellent source of Vitamin K. The caffeic acid in cucumbers is said to soothe skin irritations and swelling.
Sun: Full Sun
Optimum Soil Ph: 7.2 – 7.5
Days To Maturity: 70
Sowing Method: Outdoors
Soak seeds overnight before planting either individually in rows or hills of 3-6 seeds each. Tighter spacing and higher yields can be achieved through trellising the plants on fences or poles. Continually harvesting will keep the plant producing new fruits.
- Heirloom cucumbers do not like acidic soil!
- Frost tender. Heirloom cucumbers love warm weather.
- To get an earlier heirloom cucumber crop start indoors 3-4 weeks before last frost.
- Heirloom cucumbers are thirsty! Never let them go dry. Heirloom cucumbers are over 95 % water.
- Fertilize heirloom cucumbers with manures BEFORE planting.
- Cucumber beetles are “supposed” to dislike marigolds or wood ashes sprinkled at the base of cucumber vines.