The Wisconsin SMR58 cucumber is an open pollinated variety that was developed at the University of Wisconsin in 1959. Like many cucumber varieties, if you keep picking these ever-bearing varieties, they will keep producing fruit all growing season. Wisconsin SMR-58 produces loads of small crisp cucumbers in 50-58 days and are best picked for pickles at 10-15 cm (4-6”) long stage. Vines can be trained to grow vertically to save on space. Vertically grown cucumbers tend to be straighter. Vines can sprawl between 1.2-2.4m (4-8’) long.
Cucumbers are a popular garden vegetable that are easy to grow and produce an abundance of fruit in the right conditions. Cucumbers prefer full sun and well-drained soil that is rich in organic matter. Start seeds indoors 3-4 weeks before your last expected frost date, or direct sow seeds in the garden after all danger of frost has passed. Plant seeds 1-2cm (½-1”) deep, spaced 60-90cm (24-36”) apart in rows spaced 120-180cm (48-72”) apart. Cucumber plants require support to climb, such as trellises or fences. Water regularly and deeply, keeping the soil consistently moist but not waterlogged. Fertilize with a balanced fertilizer every 3-4 weeks during the growing season. Cucumbers are ready to harvest when they are dark green and about 15-20cm (6-8”) long. Pick cucumbers frequently to encourage more fruit production.
Soil Conditions: Well-drained soil that is rich in organic matter. Soil pH: 6.0-6.8. Planting Depth: Plant seeds 1-2cm (½-1”) deep. Germination: 7-10 days. Height at Maturity: Up to 2m (6.5ft) long. Days to Maturity: 50-70 days. Watering: Water regularly and deeply, keeping the soil consistently moist but not waterlogged. Sun/Shade: Full sun. Spacing after Thinning: Thin seedlings to 60-90cm (24-36”) apart.