Fantastic for salads and pickling, a well known, reliable heirloom.
Straight Eight is part of the Cucumis genus and is a Cucumber variety. Its scientific name is Cucumis sativus 'Straight Eight'. 'Straight Eight' is considered a heirloom cultivar, produces straight, smooth dark green fruits. Vigorous grower with continuous yields. Straight Eight grows as an Annual and is a Vegetable. Being an Annual, it tends to grow best over the course of a single year, and normally reaches to a mature height of 12". This variety tends to bloom in late spring. India is believed to be where Straight Eight originates. Straight Eight Cucumber needs a moderate amount of maintenance, so some level of previous experience comes in handy when growing this plant. Ensure that you are aware of the soil, sun, and water requirements for this plant and keep an eye out for pests.
Start early in peat pots or plant them directly in warmer climates. Start them indoors about 2 weeks before last expected frost, placing 3-4 seeds 1/2" deep in the pot. Keep the air temperature at least 80 degrees F. When two or three leaves appear on each plant, cut off all but the strongest plant with a scissors. Before planting them, "harden" the seedlings by setting them outside during the day. They should be planted no sooner than a week after the last spring frost, when the air temperatures consistently average 65-75 degrees F. For planting them in a hill, place three seedlings or 7-8 seeds in each hill; space hills 4-5' apart. If rows are preferrable, plant seedlings 1' apart or place 5 seeds within 1' and later thin them. Cucumbers love heat and cannot endure even a light frost; if cold temperatures threaten, cover the seedlings. Since cucumbers love to climb, provide a trellis.