Introduced in 1893 in New York, the white wonder cucumber (Cucumis sativus ‘White Wonder’) is an heirloom variety of cucumber that is characterized by stunning ivory skin, dark green foliage, and a fresh, crisp texture. White wonder cucumbers are enjoyed fresh, pickled, and cooked and add a decorative touch to nearly any dish. This plant grows cucumbers that are about 6 to 8 inches long, and 2 to 3 inches wide.
Like most cucumber plants, white wonder is planted after the last frost in spring. The vining foliage grows rapidly, and the fruit is ready to harvest about two months after the planting date.
Growing white wonder cucumbers is very similar to growing regular cucumbers. They require lots of light, lots of water, and lots of fertilizer, as with most vegetables. However, because of their long vines, white wonder cucumbers can be trellised easily, which helps the fruits to grow straighter and protects them from blemishes and diseases caused by fruits touching the ground directly. These heirloom cucumbers require lots of space in the garden—at least 10 inches apart when grown on trellises, and at least 24 inches apart if grown in the ground—so they are not ideal for small spaces.