Immortal cucumber?

EricEngelmann(7)December 11, 2012

My first year growing cucumbers. Had a very nice (rather overwhleming) harvest of pickling and salad varieties, but missed one cuke and it grew to quite a large size. Very pretty, too. Took it in to show the wife, who dutifully oohed and aahed and put it in the kitchen counter fruit bowl to forget about until it rots (sadly, that's how we roll). Noticed two months later that it still looked fresh-picked. It's been five months now and still no sign of wrinkling or rot. No other cuke, or even winter squash, I've ever seen has done this. Mine is strictly an organic hobby garden, so no weird chemicals in play. Should I look for a team of ag scientists or cut it open myself and plant its seeds? Does it just think it's a gourd?

This post was edited by EricEngelmann on Thu, Dec 13, 12 at 9:15

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

It would be very helpful if we could see a picture or two.

    Bookmark   December 11, 2012 at 2:38PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
jimster(z7a MA)

Seeds to save should be taken from a fully mature cucumber. When a cucumber is mature it will be yellow in color.

If your cucumber is fully mature remove the seeds, mix them with water and allow them to ferment for about 5 days. Then decant the water and rinse with clean water, repeating the process until the seeds are clean. Blot the seeds dry and let them complete drying on a paper plate.

Jim

    Bookmark   December 11, 2012 at 4:13PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
jamesbishop911

I love cucumber. It would be nice if you will upload its pic :) . .

    Bookmark   December 11, 2012 at 5:39PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
tracydr(9b)

Are your sure it's not an Armenian cucumber? They last and last.

    Bookmark   December 12, 2012 at 7:14PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
EricEngelmann(7)

>Are your sure it's not an Armenian cucumber? They last and last.

It was the last cucumber picked from a vine that produced lots of normal salad cukes. Sorry, don't know the exact name, but nothing exotic, I'm sure.

    Bookmark   December 13, 2012 at 9:19AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
jimster(z7a MA)

Thanks for the helpful pic.

The size, yellowish coloration and the fact that has not shriveled or decayed indicates this is a mature cucumber. It most likely has viable seeds.

Jim

    Bookmark   December 13, 2012 at 1:43PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

Its been sitting on your table for over FIVE MONTHS? That's hilarious.

    Bookmark   December 13, 2012 at 4:38PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
tracydr(9b)

Okay, definitely not an Armenian.

    Bookmark   December 13, 2012 at 9:34PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
ceth_k(11)

I must say your house is a very good vege storing facility.

    Bookmark   December 14, 2012 at 1:14AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
EricEngelmann(7)

>I must say your house is a very good vege storing
>facility.

Probably same as most, though the wife buys fancy air filtration systems that may cut down on spore transmission. I gave it a good shaking last night to feel/hear seeds shaking (as you would a dried gourd). Nothing. I'll definitely plant seeds from this and see if my cuke's offspring can start a revolution in cuke storage and transport.

    Bookmark   December 14, 2012 at 2:43PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
KatyaKatya(6)

It is a normal cucumber and this is how cucumbers used to behave. When my grandma wanted to save seeds she would just put one on a dry windowsill to ripen (no way any would ripen in the garden with the short summers we got). It would sometimes take months to swell roundish and get yellow on the outside and liquid on the inside and smell ripe. Cucumbers will rot from excessive moisture, poor air circulation, broken or simply thin skin, too much nitrogen when growing.
Yours is a healthy well-kept specimen, that is all.

    Bookmark   December 15, 2012 at 1:48PM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
Asparagus woes
I piled leaves on my asparagus bed when I cut it back...
nancyjane_gardener
Cucumber Nutritional Deficiency
Hi guys, I'm a farmer based out of Shmedabad, Gujarat,...
dshaival
Sincere Question - Why Participate?
If I had found this site from doing a web search because...
soilent_green
Who uses hog/cattle panels for Tomato Trellis? Need some advice
Hello, I'm close to going with some kind of livestock...
srj19
Do eggplants have high yield?
I'm going to grow one. Thinking of growing two. Do...
shijitake
People viewed this after searching for:
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™