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Nunhems Cucumber Belle - 1000SEEDS

Description

Nunhems Belle Cucumber seeds are a high-yielding, hybrid cucumber variety that is perfect for commercial and home gardens. It is a French word that means "beautiful lady," and it lives up to its name with its slender, straight fruits that are up to 12 inches long. The fruits have a smooth, glossy skin and a crisp, refreshing 

Key Features:  

  • High Yield: Belle produces a prolific amount of dark green, cylindrical cucumbers, reaching lengths of 18-22 cm. 
  • Early Maturity: Ready to harvest in just 40-42 days after planting, making it a great choice for short growing seasons. 
  • Disease Resistance: Resistant to several common cucumber diseases, including downy mildew, powdery mildew, and cucumber mosaic virus. 
  • Excellent Shelf Life: Maintains its fresh appearance and firmness for extended periods after harvest, ideal for market growers. 
  • Attractive Appearance: Deep green skin with a smooth finish, making it visually appealing for consumers. 
  • Moderate Vigor: Compact vines suitable for both field and greenhouse production. 

 

Benefits:  

  • Increased Profitability: High yields and disease resistance lead to greater profits for farmers. 
  • Reduced Risk: Disease resistance provides peace of mind and reduces the need for chemical pest control. 
  • Early Harvest: Quick turnaround time allows for multiple plantings or other crops within the same season. 
  • Improved Marketability: Attractive appearance and extended shelf life make Belle cucumbers more desirable to consumers. 
  • Versatility: Suitable for various culinary uses, including salads, sandwiches, pickling, and fresh eating. 

 

  Land Preparation:     

  • Loosen the Soil: Break up the ground 20-25 cm (about 9.84 in) deep using a spade, rototiller, or tractor. This aeration improves drainage, facilitates root growth, and incorporates organic matter.  
  • Strike the Right Balance: Cucumbers thrive in slightly acidic soil with a pH of 6.0-7.0. Test your soil's pH and adjust accordingly. Use lime to raise pH and elemental sulfur to lower it.  
  • Organic Boost: Enrich the soil with well-rotted manure or compost at a rate of 2-4 kg/m². This increases organic matter content, enhances drainage, and provides essential nutrients.  
  • Fertilizing for Success: Consider adding a balanced fertilizer like 10-10-10 NPK at a rate of 1 kg/100 m (about 328.08 ft) ² before planting. This provides additional nutrients for optimal growth.  
  • Create Mounds: Build raised beds 15-30 cm (about 11.81 in) high using a mixture of soil, compost, and aged manure. Ensure good drainage holes are present.  
  • Refine the Surface: Rake the soil to a fine tilth, removing any large clods or debris. This creates a smooth and welcoming environment for Nunhems Belle cucumber seeds.  
  • Furrows or Hills: Depending on your planting method, form planting hills or furrows. Ensure proper drainage by making them slightly elevated.  
  • Mulch Magic: Cover the prepared bed with a thin layer of mulch (straw, hay, or wood chips). This suppresses weeds, retains moisture, and regulates soil temperature, creating a favorable microclimate for Nunhems Belle cucumbers.  

 Sowing    

When sowing the Nunhems Belle cucumber crop, the process depends on several factors, including your climate, preferred method, and variety. Here's a breakdown of the two main options:  

Direct Sowing:  

  • Suitable for: Warmer climates with consistent soil temperatures above 68°F (20°C) after the last frost.  
  • Timing: Sow Nunhems Belle seeds directly outdoors when the soil has warmed sufficiently, typically late spring or early summer. Ensure no risk of frost remains.  
  • Method: Make planting holes or furrows about 1 inch deep and spaced according to cucumber seeds (typically 12-18 inches apart). Sow 2-3 seeds per hole and cover lightly with soil. Water gently.  

Starting Seeds Indoors:  

  • Suitable for: Colder climates or early harvests.  
  • Timing: Start seeds indoors 4-6 weeks (about 1 and a half months) before the last frost date.  
  • Method: Use individual pots or seed trays filled with seed starting mix. Sow 1-2 seeds per pot, 1/2 inch deep. Place in a warm location (70-80°F) with bright light. Water regularly keeps soil moist but not soggy. Once seedlings have developed true leaves, thin to one strongest plant per pot. Harden off seedlings for a week before transplanting outdoors when soil temperatures are warm, and all risk of frost has passed.  

 Transplanting:     

Preparing the Soil:  

Choose a sunny location with well-drained soil.  

  • Amend the soil with organic matter like compost or aged manure to improve drainage and nutrient content.  
  • Dig planting holes twice the diameter of the seedling pots, spaced according to Nunhems Belle seedlings (typically 12-18 inches apart).  

Transplanting Technique 

  • Gently remove seedlings from pots without disturbing the roots.  
  • Place the seedling in the planting hole at the same depth it was in the pot.  
  • Fill the hole with soil and gently firm it around the base of the plant.  
  • Water generously settles the soil and eliminates air pockets.  

Aftercare 

  • Water regularly, especially during hot weather, to keep the soil moist but not soggy.  
  • Mulch around the plants to retain moisture, suppress weeds, and regulate soil temperature.  
  • Provide support for vining varieties using poles, trellises, or netting.  
  • Monitor pests and diseases and take appropriate action if necessary.  

Harvesting:    

  • Pickling Nunhems Belle cucumbers are usually harvested earlier than slicing varieties when they are smaller and firmer. Their skin should be bumpy, and the blossom end should be closed.  
  • Slicing Nunhems Belle cucumbers typically require more time to reach full size and have smoother skin with an open blossom end.  
  • Use sharp pruners or a knife to cut the cucumber stem, leaving about 1 inch of stem attached to the vine. Avoid pulling or twisting, as this can damage the plant.  
  • Harvest cucumbers regularly, ideally every 1-2 days, to encourage continuous fruit production.  
  • Avoid harvesting Nunhems Belle cucumbers in the heat of the day, as they may be wilted or sunburned. Early morning or evening are ideal times.  

Storage:    

  • Crisper drawer: This is the best place for most cucumbers. Wrap individual Nunhems Belle cucumbers in a damp paper towel or place them in a breathable container to maintain moisture but prevent sweating. Avoid plastic bags, as they can trap moisture and accelerate spoiling.  
  • Zip-top bags: For longer storage (up to 1-2 weeks), place each cucumber in a separate zip-top bag with a metal spoon inside. The spoon absorbs ethylene gas, which hastens ripening. Remove any condensation that forms in the bag.  
  • Cool pantry: If your pantry stays cool and dark, you can store unwashed cucumbers there for a few days. Place them on a paper towel to absorb any excess moisture. 
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    Description

    Nunhems Belle Cucumber seeds are a high-yielding, hybrid cucumber variety that is perfect for commercial and home gardens. It is a French word that means "beautiful lady," and it lives up to its name with its slender, straight fruits that are up to 12 inches long. The fruits have a smooth, glossy skin and a crisp, refreshing 

    Key Features:  

    • High Yield: Belle produces a prolific amount of dark green, cylindrical cucumbers, reaching lengths of 18-22 cm. 
    • Early Maturity: Ready to harvest in just 40-42 days after planting, making it a great choice for short growing seasons. 
    • Disease Resistance: Resistant to several common cucumber diseases, including downy mildew, powdery mildew, and cucumber mosaic virus. 
    • Excellent Shelf Life: Maintains its fresh appearance and firmness for extended periods after harvest, ideal for market growers. 
    • Attractive Appearance: Deep green skin with a smooth finish, making it visually appealing for consumers. 
    • Moderate Vigor: Compact vines suitable for both field and greenhouse production. 

     

    Benefits:  

    • Increased Profitability: High yields and disease resistance lead to greater profits for farmers. 
    • Reduced Risk: Disease resistance provides peace of mind and reduces the need for chemical pest control. 
    • Early Harvest: Quick turnaround time allows for multiple plantings or other crops within the same season. 
    • Improved Marketability: Attractive appearance and extended shelf life make Belle cucumbers more desirable to consumers. 
    • Versatility: Suitable for various culinary uses, including salads, sandwiches, pickling, and fresh eating. 

     

      Land Preparation:     

    • Loosen the Soil: Break up the ground 20-25 cm (about 9.84 in) deep using a spade, rototiller, or tractor. This aeration improves drainage, facilitates root growth, and incorporates organic matter.  
    • Strike the Right Balance: Cucumbers thrive in slightly acidic soil with a pH of 6.0-7.0. Test your soil's pH and adjust accordingly. Use lime to raise pH and elemental sulfur to lower it.  
    • Organic Boost: Enrich the soil with well-rotted manure or compost at a rate of 2-4 kg/m². This increases organic matter content, enhances drainage, and provides essential nutrients.  
    • Fertilizing for Success: Consider adding a balanced fertilizer like 10-10-10 NPK at a rate of 1 kg/100 m (about 328.08 ft) ² before planting. This provides additional nutrients for optimal growth.  
    • Create Mounds: Build raised beds 15-30 cm (about 11.81 in) high using a mixture of soil, compost, and aged manure. Ensure good drainage holes are present.  
    • Refine the Surface: Rake the soil to a fine tilth, removing any large clods or debris. This creates a smooth and welcoming environment for Nunhems Belle cucumber seeds.  
    • Furrows or Hills: Depending on your planting method, form planting hills or furrows. Ensure proper drainage by making them slightly elevated.  
    • Mulch Magic: Cover the prepared bed with a thin layer of mulch (straw, hay, or wood chips). This suppresses weeds, retains moisture, and regulates soil temperature, creating a favorable microclimate for Nunhems Belle cucumbers.  

     Sowing    

    When sowing the Nunhems Belle cucumber crop, the process depends on several factors, including your climate, preferred method, and variety. Here's a breakdown of the two main options:  

    Direct Sowing:  

    • Suitable for: Warmer climates with consistent soil temperatures above 68°F (20°C) after the last frost.  
    • Timing: Sow Nunhems Belle seeds directly outdoors when the soil has warmed sufficiently, typically late spring or early summer. Ensure no risk of frost remains.  
    • Method: Make planting holes or furrows about 1 inch deep and spaced according to cucumber seeds (typically 12-18 inches apart). Sow 2-3 seeds per hole and cover lightly with soil. Water gently.  

    Starting Seeds Indoors:  

    • Suitable for: Colder climates or early harvests.  
    • Timing: Start seeds indoors 4-6 weeks (about 1 and a half months) before the last frost date.  
    • Method: Use individual pots or seed trays filled with seed starting mix. Sow 1-2 seeds per pot, 1/2 inch deep. Place in a warm location (70-80°F) with bright light. Water regularly keeps soil moist but not soggy. Once seedlings have developed true leaves, thin to one strongest plant per pot. Harden off seedlings for a week before transplanting outdoors when soil temperatures are warm, and all risk of frost has passed.  

     Transplanting:     

    Preparing the Soil:  

    Choose a sunny location with well-drained soil.  

    • Amend the soil with organic matter like compost or aged manure to improve drainage and nutrient content.  
    • Dig planting holes twice the diameter of the seedling pots, spaced according to Nunhems Belle seedlings (typically 12-18 inches apart).  

    Transplanting Technique 

    • Gently remove seedlings from pots without disturbing the roots.  
    • Place the seedling in the planting hole at the same depth it was in the pot.  
    • Fill the hole with soil and gently firm it around the base of the plant.  
    • Water generously settles the soil and eliminates air pockets.  

    Aftercare 

    • Water regularly, especially during hot weather, to keep the soil moist but not soggy.  
    • Mulch around the plants to retain moisture, suppress weeds, and regulate soil temperature.  
    • Provide support for vining varieties using poles, trellises, or netting.  
    • Monitor pests and diseases and take appropriate action if necessary.  

    Harvesting:    

    • Pickling Nunhems Belle cucumbers are usually harvested earlier than slicing varieties when they are smaller and firmer. Their skin should be bumpy, and the blossom end should be closed.  
    • Slicing Nunhems Belle cucumbers typically require more time to reach full size and have smoother skin with an open blossom end.  
    • Use sharp pruners or a knife to cut the cucumber stem, leaving about 1 inch of stem attached to the vine. Avoid pulling or twisting, as this can damage the plant.  
    • Harvest cucumbers regularly, ideally every 1-2 days, to encourage continuous fruit production.  
    • Avoid harvesting Nunhems Belle cucumbers in the heat of the day, as they may be wilted or sunburned. Early morning or evening are ideal times.  

    Storage:    

    • Crisper drawer: This is the best place for most cucumbers. Wrap individual Nunhems Belle cucumbers in a damp paper towel or place them in a breathable container to maintain moisture but prevent sweating. Avoid plastic bags, as they can trap moisture and accelerate spoiling.  
    • Zip-top bags: For longer storage (up to 1-2 weeks), place each cucumber in a separate zip-top bag with a metal spoon inside. The spoon absorbs ethylene gas, which hastens ripening. Remove any condensation that forms in the bag.  
    • Cool pantry: If your pantry stays cool and dark, you can store unwashed cucumbers there for a few days. Place them on a paper towel to absorb any excess moisture. 

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