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Amazing crop from one cucumber plant

Cucumber 'Socrates' - 129 cucumbers from one plant. Image ©Enza ZadenJust a quick one to tell you about Mrs Anne Byas, a gardener from West Molesey in Surrey on the southern edge of London (and only a few miles from where I grew up).

It's just come to light that last year she had an amazing crop of cucumbers - 129 from one plant. The variety was 'Socrates'. One hundred and twenty nine! The previous year she thought she was doing well with forty but last year...

'Socrates' is a mini-cucumber for the greenhouse with fruits about 7in/17.5cm long, in a very attractive dark green shade. It comes with built-in resistance to the dreaded powdery mildew and also some other cucumber diseases. It thrives in cooler conditions, and produces seedless fruits without pollination. Ideal if you only have space for one plant. 

Anne sowed just three seeds, they all came up, so she gave two away to friends. The first fruits from her remaining plant started cropping in early June and continued until 29 November and she didn't know what to do with them all. "There's a only a certain amount of cucumbers my neighbours and I can eat," she said.

It's also worth mentioning that 'Socrates' is highly rated in the US. In organic trials run by Colorado State University 'Socrates' came out top for yield. "'Socrates' by far, produced the most cucumbers per plant," said their report. Need I say more?

Cucumber 'Socrates' was developed by the independent Dutch company Enza Zaden. 'Socrates' is available in Britain from Johnsons Seeds and in North America from Johnny's Selected Seeds.



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so would these be organic seeds


Wow, would they grow well in zone six!? Our greenbeans were not that good this year =(

James Samuel

Are these a hybrid - or will they grow true to seed? Sounds like it might be the former.

Graham Rice

Yes, James, this is a hybrid variety and won't come true form seed.


Are these climbing? In ground? Wonderful

George Grair

Can they be grown undoors???

Garden Plants

Wow!! these are amazing cucumber plant. I love to eat this cucumber.

Margaret Tawale

From the outside this looks very like a Lebanese Cucumber - I know that you said there are no seeds.
Do you know if this is available in Australia?
We eat a lot of cucumbers!!!

Sandra Homemaker

Pickle them for later!

Vegetable garden

Wow! 129 cucumbers in one plant. That's a lot. I wonder how does it taste?


Wow, that's an impressive variety! When did she sow her seeds? Late April? Did she start them in the ground or a container? Does she use a trellis system or just let them grow on the ground?

Oh and you said last year she only got 40 cukes, but the next year 129. Did she switch varieties, was the plant that only produced 40 cucumbers a Socrates as well? Or did she change something else to get higher production?

Thanks for all the great gardening info, chris!


GMO? Is this healthy? Would this be considered GMO? Sounds wonderful.

Graham Rice

This is not a GMO, Jennifer. It's a hybrid developed in Holland using traditional plant breeding methods. Oragnic seed of this variety is available in the US from

I'm not sure when she sowed it, Chris, April would be my guess, but I assume that she grew it in an unheated greenhouse which would be normal in Surrey, England which is zone 8.

Yes, she grew the same variety the year before and was so pleased with 40 cukes that she grew it again - and got 129!


Think I will try it this year. Perhaps, create a trellis that is a tunnel to walk through.

James Mann

129 cucumbers from one plant is totally amazing to me. I have to give Socrates cucumbers a try.

Last year, my first year growing cucumbers I had more like two cucumbers per plant.

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