Characteristics of Octopus cucumbers

Beginning summer residents and even professionals in each new season are looking for new varieties of vegetable crops that can satisfy all the requirements. The assortment of cucumbers of modern selection is huge, which complicates the selection process. Agronomists who specialize in growing this crop are advised to pay attention to the Octopus variety and its characteristics.

Characteristics of Octopus cucumbers

Grade characteristics

Octopus f1 is a bee pollinated variety of Dutch selection. Produced by the Dutch company Sengenta. Which has established itself as a reliable manufacturer of quality seed material.

The variety has a mid-early ripening period. Harvest can be harvested after 43-48 days. It has a long fruiting period, which ensures high productivity. On one hectare, 50-65 tons of cucumbers ripen. Suitable for cultivation in open ground and greenhouses. The variety is resistant to high temperatures and drought, which allows it to grow in all regions of the middle lane. Used for industrial cultivation.

Octopus for universal use, suitable for fresh and canned use. It has high taste characteristics.

Bush description

The bush is medium-sized with a well-developed central and lateral stems. The leaves are round-pentagonal in shape, large and medium in size, the edges are distinct, slightly dissected. The color of the leaf plate is green with a clear vein pattern. In the internode, 3-4 fetuses are formed.

Description of the fetus

Fruits of a gherkin type, small size. Cucumber grows up to 8 cm long with an average weight of 50-70 grams. The proportional ratio of length to width is 3: 1. They have a neat shape and quality presentation.

Characteristics of the fetus:

  • dense skin of green color;
  • flat cylindrical shape;
  • large tuberosity;
  • no thorns;
  • traced ribbing of the surface;
  • crisp flesh;
  • the seed box is small, the seeds are small.

Cucumbers of this variety are ideal for providing a market for fresh produce. Well-collected fruits are stored at a temperature of 3-8 ° C

Care

Sowing seeds

Nutrient soils with a pH level of 5.5-7 are suitable for this variety. The Octopus planting bed should be well-loosened and carefully prepared.

Sow seeds for seedlings or directly into the ground. Sowing seedlings is carried out starting in mid-April and at the age of 25-30 seedlings are transplanted into a greenhouse or open ground. The best time for planting is mid-May, when the soil temperature reaches 15 ° C, and night frosts will no longer threaten young plants.

At the same time, tomatoes are sown in a seedlingless manner directly into the ground. It must be remembered that cucumber seeds at a temperature below 12 ° C do not germinate and may die. Between the plants you need to leave enough free space, given the strength of the bushes. Optimum would be 30-40 cm between the seedlings and from 60 cm should be the width between the rows. Thickening should not be more than 3 plants per 1 sq. M.

Top dressing

Plant needs fertilizer

To ensure full growth, development and fruiting, cucumbers will need fertilizing with fertilizers.

During the growing season, it is enough to hold it three times.

  1. 2 weeks after planting in the ground or the emergence of seedlings. Use complex fertilizers for pumpkin. Soluble balanced fertilizers (Master, Kemira, Viva) will do. Instructions apply accordingly.
  2. At the beginning of flowering, the bushes are sprayed with a urea solution (5 g per 10 l of water), and after a week with a preparation to stimulate the ovary (Ovary, Phytocarpine, Boroplus).
  3. 14 days after the previous one, spray with urea, or with a complex chelate fertilizer (Plantafol, Clean sheet).

Watering

In order for the bushes to grow well, the fruits are tied, and the crop reaches maximum watering marks should be regular and correct.

On hot days, the bushes are watered twice a day. The best time for watering will be morning and evening. Also beneficial to plants affects spraying with clean water.

On cool days, watering should be reduced. Excess moisture adversely affects the growth of cucumbers and leads to the development of fungal diseases. And also it is impossible to irrigate with cold water, for cucumbers this is unacceptable.

Pests and diseases

The Octopus variety, as described, is resistant to such diseases:

  • powdery mildew;
  • cladosporosis;
  • cucumber mosaic.

Requires preventive treatments for fusarium and paresporosis. To protect against these diseases, bushes are sprayed every 10 days with Trichodermin, Phytosporin or other biofungicides and enzymes. They are environmentally friendly and well protect bushes from fungal diseases.

Plant damage by pests is possible, especially if the summer is hot and dry. Aphids, spider mites can be found on the bushes. These are parasitic pests that deplete cucumbers and can prevent them from developing at full strength. To control pests, it is advisable to use industrial insecticides, bioinsecticides, as well as well-known folk recipes.

How to handle

Recommended preparations for the treatment of cucumbers from pests:

  1. Insecticides: Mospilan, Actelik.
  2. Bioinsecticides: Bioreid, Actofit.
  3. Folk remedies: onion husk, garlic husk, tobacco dust, ash.

All these tools show their effectiveness in the fight against garden pests on cucumbers and can easily cope with them.

Conclusion

Choosing Octopus f1 for growing in a greenhouse or open ground, you can get a good harvest for a long time from a small garden. And the taste of fresh personally grown cucumbers will delight even the most fastidious gourmet.

This variety will also not disappoint with its characteristics and gardening professionals who have practice in growing a variety of cucumbers for industrial purposes.

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