CUCUMBER National Pickling – 10+ Heirloom Seeds
Love pickles? Look no further since National Pickling Cucumber fits neatly into a pickle jar. National Pickling Cucumber is the cucumber you’ll want to grow for making classic bread and butter pickles. Grow a pile of perfect 12cm pickling cucumbers and be sure to plant plenty of dill.
It is a reliable and heavy producer of stubby pickling cucumbers. Pick young for fresh eating or baby gherkins, or grow large for big dills. The best choice for lacto-fermented pickles, as it stays crisper than most other varieties. This is one of the best heirlooms pickling cucumber a home gardener can grow.
Care and Growing Instructions
Cucumber requires warm, well-drained soil high in fertility, with a pH of 6–6.8. Consistent, adequate irrigation is needed to produce an abundant crop. Cucumbers are very sensitive to cold. Make sure both soil and air temperatures have warmed prior to planting. Using plastic mulch and row covers will greatly enhance the vigour and potential yields of cucumbers by providing warmth and insect protection.
In frost areas, sow undercover in seed trays in early spring. Plant out after last frosts. Sow indoors in 16-cell plug trays about 5-6mm deep, 1–2 seeds/cell, 3–4 weeks before transplanting. Keep the temperature above 21°C days and 16°C night with a heat pad underneath plug trays. Transplant 30cm apart. Do not disturb roots when transplanting.
In frost free areas sow directly into the soil in early spring. However, wait until soil is warm, at least 21°C. Cucumber seeds will not germinate at a soil temperature below 14°C. Sow 2 seeds per 30cm.
Single Plants: 60cm each way (minimum)
Rows: 60cm with 60cm row gap (minimum)
Support plants well so they can climb upwards, even when the cucumbers get large. This also protects the cucumbers from slugs. Occasionally a plant can produce very bitter cucumbers so always test a bit before serving to others!
When flowers start forming, feed with slow release potassium-rich organic fertilizer. Fortnightly liquid feed from mid-summer.
Once fruit bearing begins, pick daily. Cut the cucumbers off the plant when they are still quite young, otherwise the skin becomes hard and will need peeling. More cucumbers will then be produced.
Propagation notes will be supplied with seed packet.
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