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Cucumis sativus 'Petita'


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Key information

Plant type


Flower colour



Flowers, Fruit



Skill level


Cucumis sativus 'Petita'

Plant details

Cucumis sativus 'Petita' bears high yields of half-size cucumbers. It's tolerant of lower temperatures than other varieties, making it ideal for growing in the British climate. Plants have only female flowers,meaning there's no longer any need to remove male flowers to prevent fertilisation and therefore bitter tasting fruit. 

For best results, grow Cucumis sativus 'Petita' in the greenhouse. Train plants on nets or canes, and pinch out the growing tips when they reach the top of their support. Tie sideshoots in and pinch out fruiting stems to two leaves beyond a developing fruit. Water regularly and increase humidity by damping down the greenhouse floor. Cut fruits before they are too large or yellow.

Family: Cucurbitaceae

Genus: Cucumis

Species: sativus

Cultivar: Petita

Plant type: Vegetable

Flower colour: Yellow

Foliage colour: Dark green

Feature: Flowers, Fruit

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Acidic, Chalky/alkaline

Hardiness: Tender

Skill level: Experienced

Height: 150cm

Spread: 38cm

Time to plant seeds: February to April

Time to plant: May to June

Reader reviews


I would like any advice on sowing Cucumbers, as have not been fantastically succesful In doing so as yet!

steve downs

what a pain, i've lost 4 this year,
2 died in the window 2wks after buying, and 2 shrivelled up in the green house.
They rotted from the base of the stem.
Who knows why this happens ?,
Please tell me,


i have 3 in the plastic greenhouse.
all are thriving. however, they blossom and there is a small cucumber about an inch long behind blossom. then they drop off!! any ideas, help greatfully accepted. thanks

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