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Cucumis sativus 'Petita'


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Key information

Plant type


Flower colour



Flowers, Fruit



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Plant details

All-female cucumber varieties are an advance on older kinds, which needed careful removal of all male flowers to avoid fertilisation and the resulting bitter fruits. 'Petita' is a popular variety for greenhouse use, tolerant of lower temperatures and heavy-yielding, the fruits about half the length of normal kinds. Plants are trained on nets or canes, their tips pinched out when they reach the top resulting sideshoots are tied in and pinched out two leaves beyond a developing fruit. Water and damp down regularly, and 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

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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