Cucumber "Phoenix" is a very promising variety that is widely cultivated by gardeners not only in many regions of Russia, but also abroad.
Cucumber "Phoenix" by many gardeners is often confused with cucumbers "Phoenix-plus", "Phoenix", as well as "Phoenix-640", but it is not a hybrid form, but a variety with an average ripening period. More modern cucumbers with the same name were bred using the hybridization method followed by screening on an artificially created infectious background. The originator of the new hybrid forms is represented by the Crimean Experimental Breeding Station SKZNIISIV.
The variety is a bee pollinator, for universal use. The plant is indeterminate, srednerosly, midbranch, with a mixed type of flowering. The leaves are not large, bright green.
Oval-cylindrical Zelentsy, 15-16 cm long, have a dark green color with a slight banding and weak spotting. The surface of the green stuff is tuberous, pubescence is single, white. The spikes are white. The average weight of greens is 0.18 kg. Taste characteristics of fresh greens are excellent.
Cucumber "Phoenix" is grown quite simply. It is allowed to sow seed material directly into the heated soil, as well as using the seedling method:
- it is very important to observe the principles of crop rotation and choose vegetable crops such as potatoes, tomatoes or legumes as the predecessors for the cucumber;
- ridges in open ground or in a greenhouse design should be filled with a sufficient amount of organic matter in the fall;
- the best option is to lay manure in the ridges, which during the winter period manages to decompose and re-breed qualitatively;
- in the spring, the ridges should be dug up and well leveled with a rake;
- almost any type of soil with a pH in the range of 6-7.5 without salinization is suitable for growing cucumbers;
- if the soil is not loose and light enough, then humus, peat and sand are introduced at the stage of spring digging;
- sowing seeds can be carried out both in an ordinary way, taking into account the strong growth of the plant when calculating the distance between the rows, and sowing in a checkerboard pattern according to the scheme 50x40 cm;
- the soil at the time of sowing should be warmed up and properly moistened, which will increase seed germination rates;
- it is recommended to disinfect the seeds before sowing by soaking them in a slightly pink solution of potassium permanganate;
- after sowing, the ridge should be covered with a film cover until mass cucumber shoots appear.
Seedling cultivation is carried out in accordance with the technology generally accepted for any varieties and hybrids of cucumbers. Planting is subject to seedling, which has about four true leaves, and also has a well-developed and strong root system.
Seedlings should be approximately 3-4 weeks old. The day before planting, seedlings are abundantly treated "on the sheet" with a solution of "Epin" or "Zircon". For the first time, planted seedlings may need to be shaded from the sun or protected from possible sudden drops in temperature.
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Cucumber "Phoenix" is widespread, as well as It is in demand for growing in private household plots and in summer cottages due to the following characteristics:
- cold resistance and drought resistance;
- excellent taste: the plant forms unusually juicy and sweet, crispy greenery;
- a variety of bee pollinated, female flowering type;
- universal use of ripened greens;
- integrated disease resistance;
- marketability is 93-100%;
- long fruiting period.
The variety grows well and bears fruit not only in greenhouses and hotbeds, but also when grown on ridges of open ground.
Cucumber "Phoenix" is very responsive to the timely, and most importantly, competent conduct of care activities:
- watering with warm water should be carried out as the soil dries. It is recommended to water in the evening hours to protect the cucumber lashes from the appearance of burns;
- after watering, it is advisable to carry out a shallow loosening of the soil around the plants with subsequent mulching, which has a beneficial effect on the root system of the cucumber;
- plants respond very positively to systematic top dressing with mineral fertilizers, as well as slurry and complex fertilizers for vegetable and garden crops;
- starting with the appearance of the first true leaf, weekly root dressing of seedlings is carried out with a mixture of Kemira-lux water-soluble mineral fertilizers at the rate of 20 g per 10 l of water;
- with the beginning of flowering, any bee-pollinated cucumbers, including Phoenix, need to be processed "according to the sheet" with a solution of the Boroplus preparation;
- like all long-walled varieties and hybrids, the Phoenix cucumber shows the maximum yield when grown on trellises, as well as the formation of the cucumber bush;
- systematic inspections of plants should be carried out, and at the first sign of disease or pest damage, spraying should be used with such agents as “KVADRIS”, “TOPAZ”, “BAYLETON”, “TIOVIT-JET” and “TOPSIN-M”.
Cucumbers should be collected after 1-2 days. Unrequited greens take a lot of moisture and nutrients and this drains the plant very much. Overgrowing of greens on plants should not be allowed, as this has a negative effect on the health of cucumbers and shortens the fruiting period.
You may also be interested in an article in which we talk about the varietal features of the "Finger" cucumbers.
Reviews of vegetable growers
Cucumber "Phoenix" has both admirers and those who do not like such long-brained and powerful plants. You may notice that the “Phoenix” has a darker leaf and stem color than most new varieties and hybrids. Such varieties are still preferable to grow in seedlings.
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And yet, most gardeners who have tested this variety in their plots are satisfied. Cucumbers "Phoenix" are very good in taste, they tolerate insufficient watering and dry weather. In addition, they are very rarely affected by the most common diseases, and the crop is formed up to frost.