Mandy Beit Alpha Cucumber


Mandy Beit Alpha Cucumber

Cucumis sativus
(45 days) F-1 hybrid. For sheer munching crunching refreshing joy, trialer Anna Goff chose mini Mandy from 2 years of yummy research in Deer Isle, Maine. This small Middle Eastern or “Persian” type is best when picked at 3–5". Heron’s Palestinian-Jordanian brother-in-law Sager pairs these petite cukes with myriad amazing dishes. A midday summer meal without these cooling cukes is indeed Paradise Lost.

For outdoor and shaded high-tunnel production. While the coastal climes of Maine are cool enough for high-quality outdoor summer harvests, folks in hotter areas will want to plant for a fall harvest. Consistent moisture is also key to perfect fruit.

1378 Mandy
Item Discounted
A: 10 seeds for $6.15   
B: 30 seeds for $13.25   
C: 60 seeds for $21.00   
D: 300 seeds for $80.00   
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Additional Information

Beit-Alpha Type

This small sweet-fleshed type of cucumber has been grown for centuries by Arabic, Persian and other communities in the dry climate of the Middle East. The Beit Alpha kibbutz selected and marketed the fruit under that name. The cucumbers don’t dehydrate easily, their thin skins don’t require peeling, they are almost completely burpless and have a long shelf life.


  • About 30 seeds/g; about 900 seeds/oz; variations noted.
  • Days to maturity are from emergence after direct seeding. From transplant, subtract 20 days.

Culture: May be started indoors for early production, or direct-seeded when soil has warmed. Minimum germination soil temperature 65°, optimal range 65–95°. Very tender, will not survive frost. Direct seed 3" apart thinning to 1' apart in rows 4–6' apart or 6 per mound in hills 4' apart thinning to 3 best plants. For transplants: once seedlings have 1–2 true leaves, about 3 weeks old, plant 1' apart in rows 4–6' apart. Cucumbers require good fertility and regular rain or irrigation for abundant yields. Without adequate water, fruits will be misshapen and bitter. Pick cukes frequently for best production, or else the plants shut down. Make sure to remove blimps to the compost pile.

Combat striped cucumber beetles by handpicking early AM when the dew makes them sluggish, or use floating row covers, removing when cukes flower. Cucumber beetles are the vector for BW.

Using compost in conjunction with row covers (rather than either alone) increased cucumber yields at the University of Michigan.

Parthenocarpic varieties can set fruit without being pollinated, an advantage in cold cloudy summers. Gynoecious varieties produce almost exclusively female flowers for uniformity and high yields.

Saving Seed: Saving cucumber seed is easy! Take that big yellow cuke that got away and save it for seed. Scoop out the guts of overripe fruit and ferment it in an uncovered container for a few days. A moldy gross cap to the slurry means the seeds are ready to rinse and dry. To ensure true-to-type seed, grow only one open-pollinated variety per season.


  • ALS: Alternaria Leaf Spot
  • ANTH: Anthracnose
  • BW: Bacterial Wilt
  • CMV: Cucumber Mosaic Virus
  • CVYV: Cucumber Vein Yellow Virus
  • DM: Downy Mildew
  • PM: Powdery Mildew
  • PRSV: Papaya Ring Spot Virus
  • R: Rust
  • WMV: Watermelon Mosaic Virus
  • ZYMV: Zucchini Yellows Mosaic Virus

Pest: Striped Cucumber Beetle
Cultural controls: use tolerant or resistant varieties, rotate crops, till under crop debris soon after harvest, use floating row covers until flowers appear, use plastic mulch, perimeter trap cropping (Black Zucchini and Blue Hubbard make particularly good trap crops), use yellow sticky strips, hand-pick early morning when beetles are very sluggish.
Materials: Surround, Pyrethrum (PyGanic).

Germination Testing

For the latest results of our germination tests, please see the germination page.

Our Seeds are Non-GMO


All of our seeds are non-GMO, and free of neonicotinoids and fungicides. Fedco is one of the original companies to sign the Safe Seed Pledge.