Pros: Heirloom cucumber, good yields, great flavor
Straight Eight Cucumbers are a popular heirloom type of slicing cucumbers.
Slicing cucumbers are perfect for making sweet bread and butter pickles or dill pickles. Pickles aren't the only purpose for cucumbers. They're great when eaten fresh or in salads.
Straight Eight cucumbers have deep green skin and smooth white flesh. They have a mildly sweet flavor and are about eight inches long at maturity.
Cucumbers should be planted in late spring (this allows time for the ground to warm up, which is vital to cucumbers) , and can either be seeded directly in the ground or started indoors. If you choose to start them indoors, plant them in pots filled with potting soil and allow yourself at least five weeks before you want to plant them. If you choose to plant them directly in the ground, they can be planted in rows at about 24 inches between each seed or planted in hills ( four to six seeds per plateau shaped hill, with four to five feet between each hill).
It will be approximately 65 days until they reach maturity. Pick them when they reach around eight inches long. Keeping them picked while young will encourage the plants to keep producing. The Straight Eight cucumbers are known for their very high yields.
Cucumbers can be kept in the refrigerator for about a week after harvest. Since they don't keep well, they either need to be eaten soon or used to make pickles or pickle relish. I've never tried to dry or freeze cucumbers, but I imagine the results wouldn't be great due to the cucumbers being so watery.