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Originating from Southern Italy this unusual variety looks and is grown as long ridged cucumber



Cucumber TORTARELLO CHIARO – PICTORIAL Packet Originating from Southern Italy this unusual variety looks and is grown as long ridged cucumber, even though botanically it is closer to the Melon family. The fruits do taste more like that of a cucumber, though more tender, with a softer skin, not bitter at all. spineless skin, not at all bitter and easier to digest. For the best flavour harvest around 20 cm in length although they will grow much longer if left to maturity.

Cultivationt Advice
  • Plant Tortarello Chiaro cucumber seeds in a location that receives full sun. Ensure the soil is well-draining and rich in organic matter.
  • Sow seeds directly in the garden after the last frost date when the soil temperature is consistently above 65°F (18°C).
  • Prepare the soil by loosening it to a depth of about 12 inches. Incorporate compost or well-rotted manure to improve soil fertility.
  • Aim for slightly acidic to neutral soil with a pH range between 6.0 and 7.0.
  • Plant cucumber seeds about 1 inch deep in mounds or rows, spacing them 12-24 inches apart. Ensure good air circulation between plants.
  • Consider using a trellis or support system to encourage vertical growth and save space in the garden.
  • Keep the soil consistently moist, especially during the flowering and fruiting stages. Water at the base of the plant to prevent wetting the foliage, which can lead to diseases.
  • Apply mulch around the base of the plants to retain soil moisture and prevent weed growth.
  • Prior to planting, amend the soil with compost or a balanced fertilizer to provide essential nutrients.
  • Side-dress the plants with compost or a nitrogen-rich fertilizer during the growing season to support vigorous growth.
  • Training the vines vertically by using trellises or supports can enhance air circulation, minimize disease risks, and make harvesting easier.
  • Harvest Tortarello Chiaro cucumbers when they are young and tender, typically 6-8 inches in length. Cut the cucumbers carefully from the vine using garden shears or a knife to avoid damaging the plant.
  • Monitor for common cucumber pests like cucumber beetles, aphids, and powdery mildew. Use organic pest control methods or insecticidal soap if necessary.
  • Ensure good airflow around the plants to prevent fungal diseases.
  • Protect young seedlings from late frosts or cold temperatures. Cucumbers prefer warm conditions for optimal growth.
  • Provide consistent care throughout the growing season to promote healthy vine growth and fruit production.
  • Enjoy Tortarello Chiaro cucumbers fresh in salads, sandwiches, pickles, or as a refreshing snack. Their tender skin and mild flavor make them versatile for various culinary uses.
  • Ensure the cucumber plants receive ample sunlight, ideally 6-8 hours of direct sunlight per day. Adequate sunlight encourages healthy growth and fruit development.
  • Cucumbers, including Tortarello Chiaro, require pollination for fruit set. Encourage pollinators like bees by planting flowers nearby or gently shaking the plants to aid in pollination.
  • Maintain consistent moisture in the soil, particularly during flowering and fruit formation. Avoid overwatering to prevent root-related issues.
  • Water deeply but infrequently, aiming to keep the soil consistently moist, not waterlogged.
  • Use sturdy trellises, cages, or supports to guide the vines upwards. This practice saves space, improves airflow, and keeps the cucumbers off the ground, reducing the risk of rot or pest damage.
  • Harvest cucumbers regularly to encourage continuous production. Pick them while they’re still young and firm for the best flavor and texture.
  • Check the vines frequently, as cucumbers can grow quickly. Remove larger cucumbers promptly to encourage the plant to produce more.
  • Consider planting new cucumber seeds or seedlings every few weeks to ensure a steady supply of fresh cucumbers throughout the growing season.
  • Regularly monitor the soil moisture and adjust watering accordingly. Mulching helps maintain soil moisture levels and regulates soil temperature.
  • Prevent diseases like powdery mildew by providing good air circulation, avoiding overcrowding, and watering at the base of the plants to keep the foliage dry.
  • Planting compatible crops like radishes, beans, or herbs near your cucumber plants may deter pests and promote healthy growth.
  • Allow a few cucumbers to fully mature on the vine. Harvest the ripe cucumbers, extract the seeds, rinse and dry them thoroughly before storing them for the next planting season.

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