The original seed from this unique variety was saved by one of our Hawai`i Network seed growers, while farming in Costa Rica. Our Hawai`i Seed Growers Network has been trialing this seed in Hawai`i for several years and is excited to offer it to our gardeners in Hawai`i. It is a strong grower that has a good ability to fend off the Pickle Worm, better than any open pollinated cucumber varieties we have trialed to date. Costa Cuke is very productive with good disease resistance and production and keeps on producing even when the vine is affected by mildew. The large fruits turn a russet-yellow on the vine quickly but don’t mistake this as over-ripeness, even at this stage they are wonderfully crisp, flavorful and will store for a long time in the refrigerator. These cucumbers are great for pickles, salads or cooked as a vegetable.
Direct seed or transplant. Fertilize lightly after plants begin vigorous growth. Trellis the robust vines or allow them to ramble on the ground.
Harvest: Pick when small or allow the fruits to grow larger and turn a russet-yellow, don’t mistake this as over-ripeness, even at this stage they are wonderfully crisp, flavorful and will store for a long time in the refrigerator.
Growig cucmbers (and some of the other curcubits) in Hawaii can be difficult due to the introduced pest the pickleworm. Costa Cucumber seems to stand up to it the best but we recommend treating 1x a week with Bt organic approved). This will give you a longer prduction season and help to control the population of this pest on other of its host plants.
This variety will give you plenty of cukes when all the other varieties fail!
You can read more about the pickleworm and its lifecycle HERE:
Open Pollinated - HEIRLOOM
Full sun/partial shade
Days to Maturity: 60-70