Cucumber Socrates F1 Seeds
Cucumber Socrates F1 Seeds
Cucumber Socrates F1 Seeds
Cucumber Socrates F1 Seeds

Cucumber Socrates F1 Seeds

Grow your own for superb freshness and flavour!
  • Fast-growing, robust plants for plentiful crops of bitter-free mini cucumbers.
  • An all-female variety, suitable for growing in a greenhouse or tunnel.
  • An award-winning favourite that’s frequently recommended by the gardening press.
  • Good resistance to disease, meaning a long growing season.
  • Supplied as a packet of 5 seeds ready to sow indoors.

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Item: 700042
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This fast-growing and vigorous variety produces plentiful crops of bitter-free mini cucumbers. An ‘all female’ type, they are best grown in a greenhouse or tunnel, where seedless fruits can be produced if kept free from pollinators. ‘All female’ F1 hybrids give the surest results, producing almost all female flowers, virtually eliminating the need to remove male flowers (male flowers are generally only produced when plants become stressed).

A worthy recipient of the RHS Award of Garden Merit, this is an easy-to-grow, long-standing favourite of vegetable growers and is frequently recommended by the gardening press and consumer groups as one of the best tasting cucumbers. Its high resistance to disease extends the growing season as the plants are less susceptible to powdery mildew, which can be prevalent towards the end of summer and into autumn, when light levels are lower.

The dark green, thin-skinned fruits are best cut when about 18cm (7in) long and have a pleasing nutty flavour that is far superior to shop-bought cucumbers. As well as being super fresh and juicy when picked straight from the garden, these little beauties are packed with nutrients and antioxidants – they are a good source of vitamins K, B and C, as well as minerals such as potassium and magnesium.

Supplied as a packet of 5 seeds ready to sow indoors from February to May. Plant out May to June into fertile, moisture-retentive but well draining soil in a greenhouse bed or tunnel, or into good quality compost in containers or growbags for growing under cover. Harvest from July to October (cooler-grown crops from August).

What Is Supplied

Item 700042 supplied as:

Performance subject to growing conditions.

Packed in the UK.
Seeds should not be eaten.

Plant Care Information

RHS Garden Merit
RHS Garden Merit
Plant In Sunshine
Plant In Sunshine
Easy To Grow
Easy To Grow

Top Tips

  • Cucumbers do best in a humid atmosphere, so damp down the greenhouse or tunnel regularly.
  • Once the fruits form, give a liquid feed every 3-4 weeks to ensure the best crops.

Care Information

How to grow Cucumber ‘Socrates F1’

  • Sow indoors, February to May, 0.5cm (¼in) deep, on edge, in small pots of compost.
  • Water well, firm gently and place in a warm position. A temperature of 20-25°C (68-77°F) is ideal. Keep moist.
  • Seedlings usually appear in 7-21 days. When plants have developed 3 or 4 leaves, transplant to 12cm (5in) pots and grow on in cooler but not cold conditions.
  • Plant out from April to June, into large pots, growing bags, or fertile, well-drained soil in the greenhouse border or tunnel.
  • Provide support and train plants up canes, wires, strings or netting; untrained plants will not produce straight fruits.
  • Stop lateral growth at 2 leaves past each fruit. Pinch out growing tip when plants reach the roof. Male flowers (those without a swelling behind the flower) may occasionally form, especially if the plants become stressed. These should be removed as pollinated female flowers produce bitter fruits.

Planting/Flowering Calendar

Planting Time
Fruiting Time
Sowing Time

Fully Grown Plant Dimensions (approx)

Plant Dimensions
150 cm
50 cm
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