Cucumber, Jin Yang #2 (Organic)
Cucumis sativus. Slicing. 60 days.
Dark green, long Chinese trellising type cucumbers average 10-12” long and have very few seeds. Early maturing, crisp texture and good flavor. We grow Jin Yang #2 cucumbers outdoors without a trellis and end up with perfectly good but curved cucumbers; for straight cukes we recommend trellising. Sourced from our friends at CommonWealth Seed Growers and we are excited to bring it back into commercial availability. Jin Yang has shown itself to be resistant to many foliar diseases. To quote CommonWealth Seed Growers: “This variety was the best yielding of hundreds of varieties in NC State’s Downy-Mildew-focused cucumber trial, and one of only two that did well … without fungicides.” Edmund Frost, Of CommonWealth Seed Growers, told us that cucumber fruit yield is usually correlated with disease resistance in Virginia where he farms. Jin Yang #2 is another cool variety retrieved from the USDA GRIN repository. It arrived at GRIN via Shaanxi Sheng, China, in 1994.
Sow indoors in 2” pots with good potting soil May to mid June. Two weeks after sprouting, transplant to 2′ spacing in 6′ rows. May also be direct sown when soil is warm. Young cucumber plants benefit from floating row cover to protect them from insects and frost.
To save seed, scoop out seeds when the fruit is bloated like a yellow blimp. Leave in bucket and allow to ferment for a few days. Rinse and let seeds dry. Winnow to clean further if needed. Isolate from other varieties of the same species by at least ½ mile.