National Pickling Cucumber - Packet

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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 5-inch pickling cukes and be sure to plant plenty of dill.
Plant Information
Developed by George Starr of Michigan State University for the National Pickle Packers Association and introduced in 1924, National Pickling cucumbers are so perfect for pickling because their thin and tender skin absorbs the flavor of spices very readily. It's also been said they were bred with tapered ends so they would fit better into jars. National Pickling cucumbers are dark green in color with black spines and can grow to be 6-7 inches in length, but they are equally delicious when younger and smaller. The vines produce very heavy yields, so you can mix up your harvesting times to enjoy your cucumbers in a variety of ways. If gherkins are your thing, pick your cucumbers when they're 2-3 inches long. Want to eat some of them fresh in salads, sandwiches, and more? Pick them when they're about 4 inches long. For bigger pickles about 6 inches long, wait until the cucumbers reach maturity.
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Item Package Size
Weight Of Seeds Per Packet
0.06 oz
Seeds Per Packet
approx. 95 seeds per packet
Botanical Name
Cucumis sativus
How To Grow
Direct sow (recommended) or start indoors
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Planting Depth
11/2 inches
Seed Spacing
18 inches
Row Spacing
12-36 inches
Space After Thinning
12 inches
Days To Germinate
7-14 days
Days To Maturity
Growth Rate
Growth Habit
Harvest mature cucumbers to encourage more production.
Seed Life Cycle
Additional Information
Introduced in 1880
Ships As
Ships To Canada
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