Carosello Leccese Cucumber Seeds

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Carosello Leccese cucumber is a specialty cucumber from the Leccese region of Southern Italy. This ancient cucumber is an Italian heirloom you won't find in any grocery store! Our Striped Carosello Lecesse cucumber is crisp with dark stripes and a mildly sweet flavor.


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Product Details

Weight

1G

Planting Season

Warm

Soil Temp

60° F+

Planting Depth

1/2"

Area to Sow

10' row

Days to Germ.

3-10+

Days to Maturity

60+

Best Planting Method

Direct or transplant

Thin to

≥1" apart

Final Spacing

≥6" apart

Succession

21 days

Approx. Seed Count

27

Botanical Name

Cucumis melo

Plant Spread

24-36"

Plant Height

6-8"

Product Information

Carosello Leccese cucumber is a specialty cucumber from the Leccese region of Southern Italy. The history of this cucumber is that it is the immature fruit of a cucumber-melon (Cucumis melo), similar to the Armenian cucumber. When picked at 1-2 inches in diameter, the melon is known as a carosello cucumber. This ancient variety is an Italian heirloom you won’t find in any grocery store! 

Our Striped Carosello Lecesse cucumber seeds produce cylindrical fruit with dark stripes. Picked at 4-6 inches long, the Carosello Leccese cucumber is crisply textured with a mildly sweet flavor. 

Carosello Leccese cucumber vines love the heat. Under conditions with fertile soil and temperatures of 100° F+ during the day and 65° F+ at night, they can go from seed to plant in 60 days or less. Plants will take over 80 days to mature in cooler conditions and poor soil.

Planting by Zones

Zones 9-10

  • Cucumbers are easily direct sown or transplanted. This warm-season crop should be grown when soils are at a minimum temperature of 70°F.

Zones 2-8

  • Start 3-4 weeks before transplanting. Soil should be warm, and overnight temperatures should not drop below 60 degrees for the happiest plants.

Planting Cucumber Seeds

  • Seeds are very easy to direct sow. For Zones 9 and 10, sow seeds in deeply irrigated soils to guarantee even and quick germination. Plant seeds 6″ apart.
  • Fertilize regularly with an organic liquid fertilizer once seedlings have germinated and are about 4″ tall.
  • Transplant out when plants are 5-6″ tall and healthy. Space at least 6″ apart.

Succession Planting Cucumber

  • Plant every 21 days for continuous crop to harvest.

Growing Cucumber

  • Cucumbers enjoy warm temperatures, good fertility, and consistent moisture. For Zones 9 and 10, this means frequent watering or running irrigation. DO NOT overhead water as this promotes disease—water at the base of the plant.
  • Side-dress with a granular organic fertilizer if you believe your soil has low fertility.
  • Except for some bush varieties, you will need a trellis for support. If space is limited, use our Tomahook system to maximize space and keep your garden area tidy. Practicing good garden hygiene will prevent diseases.

Growing Cucumber in Containers

  • Cucumber can be planted in a container but should be in a large container with good soil. Cucumbers need regular moisture to be happy, and containers dry out very quickly in the heat of Zones 9 and 10. Be sure to mulch heavily and add compost to your container to retain moisture between waterings.

Harvesting Cucumber

  • Harvest small for maximum production and the best flavor, about 15-18 days after pollination. Check your plants every 2-3 days for more fruit. There is always one hiding! Leaving several ripe cucumbers on the plant will take away the energy needed to develop more fruit.

Southern California Pro-tips

  • Succession plant several times throughout the warm season in areas of Zones 9 and 10 to enjoy a large harvest.

Companion Flowers/Crops

  • Plants like alyssum and gaillardia are stunningly beautiful planted with trellised vines.

Additional Learning Resources

Product Details

Weight

1G

Planting Season

Warm

Soil Temp

60° F+

Planting Depth

1/2"

Area to Sow

10' row

Days to Germ.

3-10+

Days to Maturity

60+

Best Planting Method

Direct or transplant

Thin to

≥1" apart

Final Spacing

≥6" apart

Succession

21 days

Approx. Seed Count

27

Botanical Name

Cucumis melo

Plant Spread

24-36"

Plant Height

6-8"

1 review for Carosello Leccese Cucumber Seeds

  1. Annita YAmasaki

    Our new favorite cucumber. Fast growing, sweet flavor that is fabulous in salads and sandwiches. We also like them sliced on a plate with some Magic Bullet Tomatos.

    One plant in the ground next to a chain link fence is absolutely prolific and doing so well we planted some in 25 gallon containers.

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