National Pickling Cucumbers are likely the most widely used pickling cucumbers. The plants are very prolific, producing dark green, 12-15 cm (5-6”) cylindrical fruits that have dark green with black spines, these cucumbers are delicious at any age. Harvest at 5-7.5 cm (2-3”) for gherkins. Mature cucumbers can weigh as much as 0.4-0.6 kg each, roughly (1¼ pounds on average). They deliver heavy yields all season and have a good resistance to the cucumber mosaic virus. Plants can reach 91-122 cm (3-4’) climbing on trellis supports. Very dependable at producing prolific crops. When mature, the plant height reaches around 30 cm, (12") without trellis and have vines that reach up to 91-122 cm (3-4’). National Pickling cucumber has a climbing growth habit. Makes a great slicing cucumber or are delicious when eaten fresh.
Cucumbers are a popular garden vegetable that are easy to grow and produce an abundance of fruit in the right conditions. Cucumbers prefer full sun and well-drained soil that is rich in organic matter. Start seeds indoors 3-4 weeks before your last expected frost date, or direct sow seeds in the garden after all danger of frost has passed. Plant seeds 1-2cm (½-1”) deep, spaced 60-90cm (24-36”) apart in rows spaced 120-180cm (48-72”) apart. Cucumber plants require support to climb, such as trellises or fences. Water regularly and deeply, keeping the soil consistently moist but not waterlogged. Fertilize with a balanced fertilizer every 3-4 weeks during the growing season. Cucumbers are ready to harvest when they are dark green and about 15-20cm (6-8”) long. Pick cucumbers frequently to encourage more fruit production.
Soil Conditions: Well-drained soil that is rich in organic matter. Soil pH: 6.0-6.8. Planting Depth: Plant seeds 1-2cm (½-1”) deep. Germination: 7-10 days. Height at Maturity: Up to 2m (6.5ft) long. Days to Maturity: 50-70 days. Watering: Water regularly and deeply, keeping the soil consistently moist but not waterlogged. Sun/Shade: Full sun. Spacing after Thinning: Thin seedlings to 60-90cm (24-36”) apart.