Cucumber Seeds - National Pickling
- Seed Count: 50 Seeds
- Maturity Date: Approximately 50-55 Days from Planting
- Growth Habit: Vining, requires support
- Fruit Characteristics: Cylindrical, 6-7 inches long, bright green with distinct stripes
- Ideal Growing Conditions: Full Sun, Well-Drained Soil
- Planting Instructions: Plant seeds 1 inch deep, 18-36 inches apart, in rows 3-6 feet apart
- Disease Resistance: Resistant to common cucumber diseases
- Best Use: Ideal for pickling, also suitable for fresh eating
History: The National Pickling Cucumber, developed by the National Pickle Packers Association in collaboration with the Michigan Agricultural Experiment Station, has been a favorite among gardeners and commercial growers since its introduction in the 1920s. It was specifically bred for pickling purposes, with its ideal size, shape, and flavor profile making it a standard in the pickling industry.
Uses: National Pickling Cucumbers are primarily celebrated for their excellent pickling qualities. Their firm texture and ideal size make them perfect for creating crispy pickles. They can also be enjoyed fresh, adding a refreshing crunch to salads and sandwiches.
Growing Habits & Planting Instructions: National Pickling Cucumbers grow on vines and benefit from trellising or support. They perform best in full sun and require well-drained soil. For optimal growth, plant seeds 1 inch deep in the soil, spacing them 18-36 inches apart, with rows 3-6 feet apart. Regular watering and fertilization are important, especially when the plants are flowering and fruiting. Harvest cucumbers when they reach 6-7 inches in length for pickling, or they can be picked smaller for gherkins.