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Beit Alpha Persian Cucumber

Quick Facts:

  • Aka Lebanese or Persian cucumber
  • Exceptionally crisp & sweet
  • Parthenocarpic variety
  • Great for mini cucumbers
  • 55 days to harvest

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Quantity: Packet (25 Seeds)

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Beit Alpha Cucumber

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Cucumis sativus

Sometimes called Lebanese or Persian Cucumber, Beit Alpha is a Middle Eastern cucumber variety prized for its thin skins, crisp texture and wonderfully sweet flavor.  Bred at a kibbutz farm in Israel, the Beit Alpha was selected for its ability to endure extreme heat and drought, producing large crops of cucumbers in even the harshest climates.  Now becoming a mainstay in gardens and greenhouses around the world, the Beit Alpha cucumber has proven itself as not just an excellent producer, but quite possibly one of the best tasting cucumbers around, with a level of sweetness seldom achieved by other cucumber varieties.

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Cucumis sativus

Sometimes called Lebanese or Persian Cucumber, Beit Alpha is a Middle Eastern cucumber variety prized for its thin skins, crisp texture and wonderfully sweet flavor.  Bred at a kibbutz farm in Israel, the Beit Alpha was selected for its ability to endure extreme heat and drought, producing large crops of cucumbers in even the harshest climates.  Now becoming a mainstay in gardens and greenhouses around the world, the Beit Alpha cucumber has proven itself as not just an excellent producer, but quite possibly one of the best tasting cucumbers around, with a level of sweetness seldom achieved by other cucumber varieties.

Beit Alpha is a parthenocarpic cucumber, which means that it does not require pollination for fruit initiation.  This is a particularly useful trait for scenarios where pollinators are absent, such as in greenhouses or indoor hydroponic setups, but it is also beneficial for gardeners who might have a less-than-ideal pollinator population.  What's more, Beit Alpha is gynecious, meaning that the predominant number of its flowers are female, which leads to a larger yield of cucumbers.  Home gardeners often tout the ability of Beit Alpha to produce a half-dozen cucumbers seemingly overnight.  Taken together with their vigorous, easy-to-grow nature, these are just a few of the reasons Beit Alpha makes such a good cucumber variety for beginning gardeners and those working in challenging environments.

As far as flavor goes, Beit Alpha is a standout.  A truly burpless variety— for those of us who suffer from this embarrassing affliction— Beit Alpha features thin skins that don't require peeling and a delicious, sweet flavor without the slightest hint of bitterness.  Its firm texture and satisfying crunch make it a great dual-purpose variety for both slicing and pickling, but our favorite way to eat them is as mini cucumbers, when their sweetness and crunch are at their peak.  Plus, it's a great way to stay ahead of the massive yields.  All in all, whether you're looking for a parthenocarpic cucumber for growing in your aerogarden or just a great tasting, fuss-free cucumber for the home garden, our Beit Alpha cucumber seeds are a good way to go.  Harvests begin approximately 55 days after sowing.  Each packet contains a minimum of 25 seeds.

Cucumis sativus

Sometimes called Lebanese or Persian Cucumber, Beit Alpha is a Middle Eastern cucumber variety prized for its thin skins, crisp texture and wonderfully sweet flavor.  Bred at a kibbutz farm in Israel, the Beit Alpha was selected for its ability to endure extreme heat and drought, producing large crops of cucumbers in even the harshest climates.  Now becoming a mainstay in gardens and greenhouses around the world, the Beit Alpha cucumber has proven itself as ... read more

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Cucumis sativus

Sometimes called Lebanese or Persian Cucumber, Beit Alpha is a Middle Eastern cucumber variety prized for its thin skins, crisp texture and wonderfully sweet flavor.  Bred at a kibbutz farm in Israel, the Beit Alpha was selected for its ability to endure extreme heat and drought, producing large crops of cucumbers in even the harshest climates.  Now becoming a mainstay in gardens and greenhouses around the world, the Beit Alpha cucumber has proven itself as not just an excellent producer, but quite possibly one of the best tasting cucumbers around, with a level of sweetness seldom achieved by other cucumber varieties.

Beit Alpha is a parthenocarpic cucumber, which means that it does not require pollination for fruit initiation.  This is a particularly useful trait for scenarios where pollinators are absent, such as in greenhouses or indoor hydroponic setups, but it is also beneficial for gardeners who might have a less-than-ideal pollinator population.  What's more, Beit Alpha is gynecious, meaning that the predominant number of its flowers are female, which leads to a larger yield of cucumbers.  Home gardeners often tout the ability of Beit Alpha to produce a half-dozen cucumbers seemingly overnight.  Taken together with their vigorous, easy-to-grow nature, these are just a few of the reasons Beit Alpha makes such a good cucumber variety for beginning gardeners and those working in challenging environments.

As far as flavor goes, Beit Alpha is a standout.  A truly burpless variety— for those of us who suffer from this embarrassing affliction— Beit Alpha features thin skins that don't require peeling and a delicious, sweet flavor without the slightest hint of bitterness.  Its firm texture and satisfying crunch make it a great dual-purpose variety for both slicing and pickling, but our favorite way to eat them is as mini cucumbers, when their sweetness and crunch are at their peak.  Plus, it's a great way to stay ahead of the massive yields.  All in all, whether you're looking for a parthenocarpic cucumber for growing in your aerogarden or just a great tasting, fuss-free cucumber for the home garden, our Beit Alpha cucumber seeds are a good way to go.  Harvests begin approximately 55 days after sowing.  Each packet contains a minimum of 25 seeds.

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How to Grow Cucumbers

Cucumbers require well-draining soil with a pH of 6.0 to 7.0 and full sun exposure. The soil should be rich in organic matter and the plants need consistent moisture. Cucumbers are heavy feeders and benefit from regular fertilization throughout the growing season.

Direct sow seeds in spring after danger of frost has passed. Seeds should be sown 2-3 per hill with hills spaced at least 3' in all directions. Alternatively, seeds may be sown along a trellis with 12-24" final spacing between plants. Under ideal conditions, germination will occur in 7-10 days. Cucumbers may also be started indoors 3-4 weeks before the last frost.

Once the seedlings have developed their second set of leaves, they can be transplanted into larger pots or directly into the garden. When transplanting, be sure to handle the seedlings gently to avoid damaging the delicate roots.

Insect Pests

Cucumbers are susceptible to several insect pests, including cucumber beetles, aphids, spider mites, whiteflies, and squash bugs. Although usually not a significant problem, these pests can occasionally cause significant damage to the leaves and fruit, leading to reduced yields and poor plant health. It is important to monitor for pests regularly and take appropriate measures, such as using insecticidal soaps or organic insecticides, to control their populations.

Diseases & Other Problems

Cucumbers are susceptible to a number of diseases and disorders, including cucumber mosaic virus, powdery mildew, downy mildew, bacterial wilt, and anthracnose. In addition, overwatering, underwatering, and poor air circulation can also lead to issues such as root rot and leaf spot.

The ideal harvest time will depend on the variety, but in general cucumbers are best harvested when they are about 6 to 8 inches long and still firm. Simply cut or gently twist them from the vine, being careful not to damage the plant. Store fresh cucumbers in the refrigerator in a plastic bag for up to a week. Cucumbers can also be pickled or preserved for longer-term storage.

CONSIDERATIONS:

Cucumber plants require pollination to produce fruit, and cross-pollination can occur between different varieties. If you want to save seeds from your cucumbers, it's best to isolate them from other cucumber varieties to prevent cross-pollination. Armenian cucumber is technically a melon and should be isolated from honeydew and muskmelon.

HARVESTING SEED:

To extract seeds from cucumbers, allow the cucumber to fully mature and turn yellow on the vine. Cut the cucumber open lengthwise and use a spoon to scrape out the seeds and pulp. Place the seeds in a bowl of water and let them ferment for a few days. During fermentation, the pulp and debris will separate from the seeds and sink to the bottom. Skim off the debris and rinse the seeds thoroughly. Then, spread them out on a paper towel to dry for several days, stirring occasionally to ensure even drying. Once the seeds are fully dry, store them in a cool, dry place.

SEED LONGETIVITY:

Under ideal storage conditions (cool and dry place), cucumber seeds can maintain their viability for up to 5-10 years.

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Best alpha Persian cukes

I planted the seeds about 3 weeks ago and they're doing great! I can't wait for the first cukes. I'm very pleased with Thresh Seeds.is a great company to work with.

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