Cucumber Boy with a finger: a hybrid with undeniable merits

Among several hundreds of popular cucumber varieties, the hybrid Boy with a finger F1 is gaining more and more confidence in the love of summer residents. It has many advantages thanks to the professional work of the breeders. ...

Description of the variety Boy with a finger

This variety is not so new: it was registered in the State Register of Breeding Achievements in 2000. The originator (author and producer of high-quality seeds) is the Russian breeding and seed-growing company "Manul".

Thumb Boy cucumbers appeared on the market in 2000

At first, Little Boy was recommended for growing under plastic shelters in all regions of Russia, but vegetable growers very soon were able to prove that these cucumbers can successfully grow in open ground and even on window sills and apartment balconies. Nowadays, Little Boy is grown in greenhouses throughout the country, in the open ground of southern Russia, in the Volga region and the Central Black Earth region. Even gardeners in the Moscow region are experimenting with growing a hybrid under temporary shelters and note its good adaptability to the cool climate of the Central region.

Features of the hybrid

In the description on the seed bag given by the manufacturer, there are the words "parthenocarpic" and the icon "F1". They indicate the characteristics of this particular plant.

Cucumber Boy with a finger - parthenocarpic gherkin

The F1 symbol means that you are buying not just a variety, but an improved hybrid. Unlike conventional breeding, where the process is to select the best of the best over many years, hybrids are produced by crossing two different varieties with the desired characteristics. This painstaking and complex work is carried out on special equipment with the involvement of the best specialists in the field, but the result is justified: hybrids show a whole set of positive qualities, but, unfortunately, only in the first generation. Therefore, it is impractical to collect seeds from them.

Many F1 hybrids differ in yield and early maturity.

In the abbreviation F1, the letter F means "Filli", that is, "children", "offspring", and the number 1 means that we are dealing with the best, first generation from crossing.

Cucumber Little Boy is not only a heterotic hybrid, but also parthenocarpic, that is, self-fertile. Parthenocarp - the property of a plant to form an ovary without pollination. This is the result of a long and difficult work of breeders, which included improving the quality in several ways. Therefore, they are not cheap. But even in comparison with non-partenocarpic hybrids, self-fertile ones look much more advantageous.

Advantages of the variety

The positive qualities of the variety include:

  • excellent yield. On average, the bushes are capable of producing up to 14 kg of fruits from 1 m2, but there were cases when, with careful care and abundant watering, the yield increased by almost a third;
  • early maturity. The first fruits can be harvested 39 days after the first shoots appear;
  • long-term fruiting - more than 2 months;
  • the taste of cucumbers, contrary to the popular belief that parthenocarpics are inferior in this indicator to bee-pollinated varieties, are rated as "excellent" by professional tasters. These cucumbers are excellent both fresh and pickled. Their peel is not tough, but it does not soften during canning, which allows you to maintain a pleasant crunch. In addition, the fruit does not tend to accumulate bitterness;
  • appearance. Since this is a gherkin type of cucumber, then their size is not large, up to 10 cm maximum, and if they "lie" in the garden bed, they will rather start to grow in width than in length. Weight about 50–65 g. Gherkins are very attractive in appearance: green, with barely noticeable white stripes, have rare tubercles and white pubescence;
  • ability to withstand small periods of drought. If you do not have the opportunity to come to the country and water the cucumbers, they will not die, but it is still better to provide them with at least the simplest drip irrigation device from a plastic bottle;
  • immunity to ailments. The hybrid is not afraid of diseases such as cucumber mosaic, cladosporia and powdery mildew. But he should be protected from downy mildew, he is sensitive to it;
  • versatility of the growing site: open ground, greenhouse, balcony and windowsill. Of course, the yield in different places will differ, but it is quite possible to pamper yourself and surprise guests with green plants grown on a room garden;
  • does not need frequent plucking of the lashes. One of the valuable properties of parthenocarpic varieties is self-regulation of growth. A boy with a finger also does not need to pinch the lashes over the third or fourth ovary, the lashes are limited only by the length of growth if they have gone too far beyond the border of the area assigned to them or have significantly outgrown the trellis.

Cucumbers of the hybrid Boy with a finger have an attractive appearance and excellent taste


All the positive characteristics of the hybrid fully manifest themselves subject to the basic measures of agricultural technology.

Presowing seed preparation

Pre-sowing activities:

  1. Warming up for a month near a battery at a temperature of about 28-30aboutC increases the rate of germination, affects yield and disease resistance. Dry seeds are laid for warming up.
  2. Germination. It is applied only to seeds that are not coated. Place seeds for germination 3-4 days before sowing in the ground. They are not immersed in water, but laid out on damp gauze or cloth, covered with the same material on top. To prevent the water from evaporating, the container is closed with a plastic bag or lid. Germination of seeds involves their swelling and "pecking". Long shoots are not good for the seeds, they break off when sown and give a weakened plant.

Cucumber seeds can also be germinated on cotton pads, but not on cotton wool: they will get entangled in it and there will be a risk of breaking off the sprouts

What not to do with seeds before sowing:

  1. Check for germination. Seeds purchased in specialized stores have a germination rate of 95-100%.
  2. Check seeds for fullness in saline. Varietal hybrids are of high quality and should not have dummies.
  3. Decontaminate. This has already been done by the manufacturer. But it will not be superfluous to fight pathogenic bacteria and fungi in the soil, for this it is worth shedding grooves or holes with a bright pink solution of potassium permanganate before planting.
  4. Germinate coated seeds. If you bought inlaid or granular seeds, do not break their shell, sow dry. But pay special attention to watering the soil in which they will be sown. It must be constantly moist, otherwise the seeds will not "wake up".

Sowing and caring for plants in the open field

Cucumbers are sown in open ground in three ways: in a regular or warm bed, in rows and holes:

  • when breaking the beds, make the distance between them 60–70 cm. On each bed, two furrows are made at a distance of 30 cm, where seeds are sown at a distance of 25–35 cm;

A warm bed can be built on straw, rotten foliage, or compost.

  • sowing in rows is carried out in well-watered single furrows with a row spacing of 70 cm;
  • the holes are arranged according to the scheme 50x50 cm, rotted manure is added to each, on which 2-3 seeds are placed.

For favorable growth and development of plants, follow these simple rules:

  1. Seeds should be sown in warm soil, the night temperature should be at least 15aboutC, daytime - about 20aboutFROM.
  2. With any method of sowing, you should remember about good soil moisture.
  3. It is necessary to fill the seeds with a layer of earth no more than 2 cm, moreover, loose, shallow, you can even use a thin layer of sand.
  4. It will be useful to add 2-3 tsp. complex fertilizer per 1 m of furrow.
  5. After sowing, the seeds need to be provided with high moisture content (especially encrusted ones) and protection from recurrent frost. To do this, the crops are covered with a film, but temporary shelters can be made from plastic bottles. They can be removed when the threat of frost has passed.
  6. When the cucumbers are fully grown, weeding and loosening the row spacings and watering are carried out. It is better to water the plants in the early morning hours or in the evening, with warm, settled water. Irrigation can be combined with top dressing with ash (1 tbsp. Per bucket of water) or other fertilizers, for example, a mixture of superphosphate and potassium magnesium (30 g per bucket of water). 250 g of such a solution for one plant will be enough.
  7. After watering, loose fertilized soil is poured onto the stems of plants to form additional roots.
  8. The soil around the plants can be mulched with straw, sawdust, hay, compost. This prevents overdrying of the land, slows down the growth of weeds, does not allow the fruits to come into contact with the ground, which reduces pollution and morbidity.

Mulching brings great benefits to cucumbers, and also relieves gardeners from unnecessary labor for weeding and watering

Thinning of crops is not necessary. The seeds are quite expensive, their germination is high. Therefore, it is better to immediately arrange the plants so as not to remove unnecessary ones.

Since this hybrid does not have immunity against downy mildew, it should be protected from ailment - Kuproksat, Ridomil, Oxykhom remedies are suitable.

A solution of milk whey (2 liters per bucket of water) with the addition of 1 tsp of copper sulfate will also help.

Features of growing in greenhouses and apartments

Planting in greenhouses is not much different from sowing in open ground, but for greenhouses, seedlings at the stage of 3-4 main leaves are often used to speed up the receipt of fresh produce. However, you should consider the following points:

  • compulsory soil disinfection is required (with a solution of manganese in the spring, copper sulfate - in the fall);
  • remove plant residues after the end of the period of growth and collection of fruits; pathogens can winter in unharvested stems and leaves;
  • 1 m2 there should be no more than 3 plants;
  • the elongated seedlings are laid slightly on one side and covered with earth almost to the hypocotal knee;
  • watering is needed 3-4 liters under the plant every other day, the water temperature is at least 24aboutFROM;
  • humidity in the greenhouse should be about 80%;
  • do not forget about the timely formation of plants and place them on the trellises so that everyone has enough light.

A boy with a finger feels great under film shelters and in greenhouses

When growing in a room on a windowsill or on a balcony, it is worth remembering some of the nuances:

  1. Thickening of the plantings will lead to a lack of harvest or even to the death of the plant. One stem needs at least 5 liters of fertile light soil. A peat-baked potting mix or a potting soil mixture bought in a specialized store is best suited.
  2. If the cucumbers began to set early, in February-March, and the weather is cloudy, it is necessary to carry out additional illumination with fluorescent lamps so that the total duration of the light period is at least 12 hours.
  3. For any growing method, the fruit should be harvested regularly, at least every 3 days, to prevent overgrowth. The collection is carried out carefully, without turning over or lifting the whip.

Hybrid Boy with a finger can be grown on a windowsill

Video: growing cucumbers on the balcony

Reviews of the hybrid Boy with a finger

But the cucumbers Boy with a finger (planted out of ignorance) are terrible!

Cucumbers have excellent taste and crunchy qualities, they are also super early. But there is one condition, when planting, you need to use agrotechnical fabric, or cover them with plastic bottles overnight. They are too afraid of the cold spring nights!

Getting a rich harvest of delicious, crispy, aromatic cucumbers is the dream of any gardener. The Thumb Boy Hybrid will be a real help in achieving this. The harvest can be obtained not only in the summer in the open field, but also in the spring in the greenhouse, and even in the winter on the balcony of the apartment.

Cucumber Boy with a finger - our green favorite

Nowadays, you will not surprise anyone with new cucumber hybrids with attractive names. More than a thousand of them are registered in the State Register of Breeding Achievements. But gardeners still prefer proven, well-known cucumbers, among which is the Boy with a Thumb. This hybrid, which has many advantages, has served lovers of crispy green vegetables for almost two decades. And it's not just a fabulous name. He's really good.


Like all F1 hybrids, "Artist F1" cucumbers demonstrate their best qualities, obtained from parental varieties and surpassing them, only in the first generation. The combination of characters in heterotic hybrids is unstable and in subsequent generations simply "crumbles". Therefore, seed material is not collected from them, but bought before each season.

"Artist F1" refers to parthenocarpics, that is, the ovaries are poured without fertilization, regardless of pollination by insects

The hybrid variety belongs to the group parthenocarpic, which makes it versatile in terms of growing conditions. Active fruiting and stable productivity are observed throughout the entire growing season of the plant and do not decrease in the absence of pollinating insects. Parthenocarpic vegetable crops are mainly intended for greenhouses (protected ground), but many prefer to plant them in open beds, since weather conditions do not always contribute to the activity of insects.

In unfertilized greens, seeds do not ripen, so cucumbers:

  • not prone to overgrowth and yellowing, deformation, coarsening of the peel and seed coats
  • have a high keeping quality, that is, they tolerate transportation and storage well without losing their appearance and taste.

Parthenocarpics are valued for a very attractive, aligned, presentation of the bulk of the fruits.

Among the factors that ensure the high yield of the cucumber hybrid "Artist F1", it should be mentioned female flowering type and a tendency to bundle formation (mostly 1-2, but maybe more than 3-6) of the ovaries in the knot. The plants themselves indeterminate (do not stop growing), vigorous and medium-branched. Medium to large leaves are dark green in color.

The bushes are powerful with a developed root system and strong lashes. Many recommend forming them on trellises or a net to provide sufficient ventilation and uniform illumination, contributing to a more amicable fruit flow.

Cucumber plants "Artist F1" are planted by seedlings or direct sowing in open ground

Hybrid refers to early maturing - the first cucumbers appear on average 40 days after germination. The advantages of "Artist F1" include a consistently high, long-term yield with a uniform return. This allows you to get about 8.5 kg / m 2 of marketable fruits, and according to some growers and up to 11 kg / m 2 (under favorable weather conditions and correct agricultural technology).

Active fruiting of the hybrid begins 38-50 days after germination

Zelentsy - gherkin type: small (up to 10 cm in length, ratio 3.3: 1 with a diameter), weighing an average of 90-95 g. They have a cylindrical shape and dark green color with short light stripes and mild spotting. The surface is covered with large tubercles and medium-dense white pubescence. The rind is quite thick, the flesh is of medium density with good taste characteristics without bitterness.

Despite the fact that the greens are white-thorn, they are used for food not only fresh, but mainly recommended for salting and preservation.

Given the high yield and the leveled presentation of the hybrid Zelentsov, it is often grown for sale.

Gardeners marked sustainability varieties for various diseases:

  • high - to olive spot and cucumber mosaic virus (PTO 1)
  • medium - to powdery mildew and downy mildew (peronosporosis).

For added protection and nutrition, growers treat the seeds of cucumber hybrids with approved pesticides, growth stimulants and nutritional formulations.

In the photo - packaging of seeds of a hybrid of various manufacturers

On packages with imported seeds, the words "coated" or "inlaid" are often found. This suggests that each seed is covered with a protective and nutritious shell. They can be easily distinguished by their bright pearlescent color (turquoise, red, etc.) and slightly increased size. The processed seed material does not require any pre-sowing manipulations, it is convenient for planting, since the seeds are clearly visible on the ground. The presence of a shell increases germination, provides energy for seed germination.

What information you need to read on the package and how high-quality seeds of the "Artist F1" hybrid look can be found in the following video:

Difficulties in obtaining seed material of hybrids and preliminary treatments directly affect the cost. Therefore, many consider the high prices for seeds to be the main disadvantage of Artist F1 cucumbers and other hybrid varieties.

We plant correctly

Cucumbers of this variety can be planted both by seedlings and direct planting in the ground. To get a good harvest, you need to follow the planting rules:

  1. Seedlings should be planted in late March or early April.
  2. The depth to which the seeds are sown should not exceed 2 cm.
  3. Seeds germinate well at a temperature of about +25 degrees, and the soil should not be colder than 14 degrees.
  4. You can not plant seedlings in the ground, if the threat of night frosts has not yet passed.

The crops should be covered with a film or non-woven material, so you protect the plants from sunburn and frost.

The optimal planting parameters for this variety are - 15 by 60 cm... That is, between the rows you need to leave 60 cm, and between the bushes in the rows - 15 cm.With this scheme, the plants will not interfere with each other, and the air between the leaves will circulate freely.

The best varieties and hybrids of cucumbers for shady areas

Agree, the summer cottage is not equally illuminated from all sides by the sun, to which many garden crops are very demanding. Tomatoes, peppers, eggplants - they all grow well only in open sunny areas, and sometimes there is simply no room left for planting cucumbers.

There are varieties of cucumbers that can grow even in partial shade.

But not everything is so hopeless, and if there is no longer an open sunny place on your site, it does not matter - feel free to plant cucumbers in partial shade, because there are varieties that grow well in such conditions.

'Muromsky 36'

Early ripening (35-45 days) pickling variety, small tuberous or smooth fruits of which reach 6-8 cm in length. Comparatively resistant to short-term drops in temperature... The cucumbers are light green, ovoid or ellipsoidal in shape, reaching 6-10 cm in length. The peculiarity of the variety is that the fruits turn yellow quickly enough, so they need to be harvested often.

'The secret of the F1 firm'

Parthenocarpic early maturing (38-42 days) hybrid universal purpose... The plant is medium-branched, with a female flowering type. Zelenets cylindrical, slightly ribbed, medium-sized, weighing up to 115 g. The variety is resistant to powdery mildew, cladosporium disease.

'F1 evenings near Moscow'

Parthenocarpic mid-season (42-45 days) hybrid, the fruits of which differ excellent taste and are suitable for both salting and fresh consumption. The plant is predominantly female flowering type, strongly plaited. The fruit is cylindrical, lumpy, dark green in color, with white pubescence. The length reaches 14 cm, and the weight does not exceed 110 g. The variety is resistant to cucumber mosaic virus, powdery mildew, cladosporium disease.

Most of the varieties and hybrids listed in this article can be found in our catalog, which contains offers from different online stores. A separate product selection is devoted to the best varieties and hybrids for the middle lane.

Cucumber Boy with thumb

Description of cucumbers A boy with a finger and positive reviews about growing vegetables in open ground and greenhouses speak of the successful work of Russian breeders. Domestic gardeners appreciated the variety for its high yield and disease resistance.

Description of cucumbers Boy with thumb F1

Heterotic hybrid of cucumbers The boy with a finger is the result of the selection work of the Russian agricultural company Manul. The variety was entered in the State Register of Breeding Achievements of the Russian Federation in 2000. Recommended for planting throughout Russia. Cucumbers Boy with a finger form an ovary without pollination by bees. In addition to yield and immunity to diseases, gardeners note the culture's resistance to autumn frosts and cool summers in the North-West region, as well as excellent taste.

The plant bears fruit both in open and protected ground. Cucumber of this variety is successfully grown even on the balconies of city apartments.

Variety Boy with a finger according to the description and photos has:

  • tall and climbing bushes
  • large leaves and inflorescences
  • dense cylindrical zelentsy
  • small fruits of dark green color
  • cucumber harvest from 7 to 14 kg per 1 sq. m.

Taste qualities of cucumbers

Cucumbers Boy with a finger have excellent taste. Ripe fruits are distinguished by a dense consistency, pleasant aroma and a characteristic crunch when used. The peel of the cucumber is thin, there is no bitter substance in it, so you do not need to cut it off before using it for food. The pulp of the fruit is tender, contains many sugars and trace elements.

Cucumbers grow A boy with a small finger - up to 11 cm, rich dark green color. The peel has characteristic bumps.

Due to their dense consistency, cucumbers tolerate transportation well: they do not wrinkle or crack.

Such a crop is good for pickling and pickling in jars. The processed cucumbers retain their good taste. In the marinade, they remain firm and crispy, the flesh does not fall apart and keeps its shape.

Pros and cons of the variety

In vegetable salads, Boy with a finger cucumbers perfectly reveal the taste. The vegetable is not watery, which is important when cutting, however, it is quite juicy, it goes well with tomatoes, peppers and aromatic herbs.

The variety is rich in positive characteristics:

  1. High germination. There are practically no hollow seeds in the package. Subject to the rules for growing seedlings, sprouts appear in 99% of cases.
  2. Early ripening. The first fruiting begins 5 to 6 weeks after germination.
  3. Extended fruiting period. Crisp cucumbers can be harvested for about 3 months: thus, almost all summer is ensured by regular harvesting of green vegetables.
  4. High yield rates. One bush can give at least 7 kg of harvest per season.
  5. The taste and appearance of cucumbers. Cucumbers have high taste characteristics both fresh and salted. The peel of the fruit is not rough, not bitter, and the pulp has a pleasant sweetish taste. Cucumbers grow small, do not have the ability to grow to the size of a squash: if the cucumber is not picked in time, it will stop at 11 cm in length and will only thicken.
  6. High endurance. The variety perfectly withstands temperature extremes, prolonged absence of watering and pest attacks.
  7. Good adaptability. Hybrids are successfully grown both in the open field, and in a greenhouse, and under a film, and in an apartment - on a balcony or even on a windowsill.

The unique hybrid variety Boy with a Thumb has small features that can hardly be attributed to obvious shortcomings. So, for example, the harvest of cucumbers from the apartment window sill is inferior to the harvest grown in greenhouses, since the variety is very light-loving and does not bear fruit well under insufficient lighting.

Optimal growing conditions

Cucumbers A boy with a finger is grown from seeds or ready-made seedlings.

The rules for growing this hybrid of cucumbers are no different from growing other varieties. For germination of seedlings, warmth and moderate humidity are necessary. For this, a seed is planted in the prepared soil to a depth of about 1 cm. The well is sprinkled with soil and moistened with a spray bottle. For better germination, the seeds are covered with polyethylene in order to create a greenhouse effect. After the first shoots appear, the polyethylene is removed and young shoots are looked after.

Young seedlings need favorable conditions for good growth.

  1. The seeds should germinate in loose soil. Before germination, the soil should be well moistened.
  2. Cucumber seedlings love warm soil: for optimal development of the root system, the daytime temperature should be above 20 o С, and the nighttime temperature should be at least 15 o С.
  3. Seedlings also respond favorably to feeding, weeding, and loosening.

Growing cucumbers Boy with thumb

Cultivation of cucumbers A boy with a finger is possible directly in the open ground, or by seedling.

Despite the chosen planting method, the seeds must be soaked in a weak solution of potassium permanganate. This will rid them of pathogens, fungi and bacteria. In addition, the experience of gardeners speaks of the best germination of disinfected seeds.

Direct planting in open ground

The treated seeds are planted in open ground in warm weather conditions. At the same time, the cucumber beds are enriched with mineral fertilizers.

In a broken ridge, the soil should be loose and free of lumps, stones or old roots.

A lace is pulled along the prepared bed and grooves are drawn with it, the distance between which should be 60 - 70 cm. Before sowing, the holes are well fertilized with manure and spilled with water. 1 - 2 seeds are sown into the formed furrows, observing a step of 20 - 30 cm.

It is necessary to remember about the high germination of cucumber hybrid seeds. Seedlings of the Boy with a finger are not thinned out, so the seeds should not be sown often.

Seedling growing

The grown seedlings are planted in the ground when the plants reach a height of 20 - 25 cm, while at least 4 - 5 leaves should be formed.

Before planting, the plant is carefully removed from the container, trying to handle fragile roots with care. Many gardeners grow seedlings in a biodegradable natural container, which, along with a root ball, is planted in a prepared hole. The distance between young cucumbers should be about 30 cm for free growth and development of shoots.

The planted seedlings are watered and covered with a special covering material or an empty plastic bottle. In such a mini-greenhouse, the root system quickly adapts to new conditions.

After a week, the protective material can be removed and the cucumbers can be poured with nitrogenous fertilizers.

Watering and feeding

Variety Boy with a finger bears fruit well with moderate watering. Young plants need more active moisture than mature ones.

Aqueous solutions of wood ash, superphosphate, nitrogen and potassium are excellent fertilizers. For convenience, garden departments sell ready-made complexes of mineral fertilizers in ampoules, in the form of a powder or an aqueous emulsion.


Bushes of cucumber varieties Boy with a finger grow large in greenhouses, with a lot of greens. Without a garter on wet ground, the plant will quickly rot and die. For an even distribution of sunlight, the grown bushes must be tied to supports.

In care, cucumbers of the Boy with a finger are unpretentious and do not require additional efforts. Mature plants do not need to be pinched. To avoid infections, it is imperative to remove old withered and yellowed leaves.

Protection against diseases and pests

When developing hybrid cucumbers, Russian breeders took care of creating a disease-resistant variety: it is not susceptible to cucumber mosaic, powdery mildew and cladosporiosis.

In order to prevent diseases and for a successful harvest, the following rules must be observed:

  1. Be sure to process the seeds of cucumbers before planting with a weak solution of manganese.
  2. Plant seeds or seedlings in warm soil.
  3. Regularly weed cucumber bushes from weeds that serve as carriers of diseases.
  4. Fertilize with mineral dressings and water the plants in a timely manner.


This hybrid variety is not only resistant to frost and disease, but is especially loved by many gardeners for its high yield. 7 kg of fresh crispy cucumbers are harvested from one square meter per season. Provided there is good illumination, proper watering and feeding, the yield indicator can be increased to 14 kg / sq. m.

The fruits of the variety are small, but very fragrant and dense. 6


Description of cucumbers A boy with a finger promises a high yield with minimal care costs. This may seem like an exaggeration, but modern breeding possibilities have made it possible to combine in one hybrid the ability to give a very early harvest, resistance to diseases and such unpretentiousness of the plant to growing conditions, which allows you to get cucumbers on the windowsill.


Hybrid varieties of cucumber bunch are attractive because of their resistance to parasites and many diseases inherent in common varieties. In addition, many gardeners note their unpretentiousness in care and maintenance.

This is important for some summer residents, who do not have the opportunity to visit their site too often and in a timely manner to irrigate, hilling, and harvest.

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