National Pickling cucumber Seeds, Annual Vegeable
National Pickling cucumber is an heirloom dating back to 1924. It is an excellent producer of 6-7" fruit.
The National Pickling cucumber works great for pickling, as its thin, tender skin allows fruit to take in spices easily! Sometimes it is know by its other name, The National Pickler.
Average time to maturity: 54 days
Detailed planting instructions:
Cucumbers are very sensitive to cold. They need warm soil and air, whether direct-seeded or transplanted. Donât rush to plant too early. Seed will not germinate if soil temperature is below 50 F, and germinates only slowly at 68 F.
Direct-seed 1 to 1 Â½ inches deep, either in rows (2 inches apart in rows 5 to 6 feet apart) or in hills (3 to 6 seeds per hill, hills spaced 3 to 5 feet apart).
Thin to 8 to 15 inches apart in rows or 2 to 3 plants per hill. Snip off plants when thinning to avoid disturbing the roots of nearby plants.
For early crops, use black plastic mulch and row covers or other protection to speed warming and protect plants. Direct seed into holes in plastic. Cucumbers seeded into black plastic usually produce larger yields, as well earlier ones.
For extra early crops, start plants inside 3 to 5 weeks before transplanting. Sow 3 seeds per pot in 2-inch pots. Thin to one or two plants per pot. Grow above 70 F during the day and above 60 F at night. Be careful when hardening-off plants not to expose them to cold temperatures.
Plants with one or two true leaves transplant best. Transplant into black plastic mulch or warm garden soil after danger of frost has passed and weather has settled. Be careful not to damage roots when transplanting. If using peat pots, make sure they are saturated before transplanting and completely buried. If using row covers, remove when flowers begin to blossom to assure good pollination.
For a continuous harvest, make successive plantings every 2 to 3 weeks until about 3 months before first fall frost date. About 1 month before first frost, start pinching off new flowers so plants channel energy into ripening existing fruit.
Most cucumbers have both male and female flowers. The male flowers blossom first and produce pollen, but no fruit.
Cucumbers are heavy feeders and require fertile soil, nitrogen fertilizer, and/or additions of high-N organic matter sources. Pale, yellowish leaves indicate nitrogen deficiency. Leaf bronzing is a sign of potassium deficiency.
To reduce pest and disease pressure, do not plant cucumbers where youâve grown them in the last two years.
Generally the time to harvest for cucumbers is approximately sixty to seventy days from planting to harvest. Cucumbers can be picked at anytime there is fruit, of course depending on the cucumber variety and use of the fruit. Cucumbers should be picked early in the morning and refrigerated immediately. The larger a cucumber gets, the more of it's flavor is lost, becoming bitter and unpalatable. Cucumbers that have turned yellow are past their peak. Once the first cucumbers are ready to be harvested cut the vine about a half an inch above the fruit. Harvest all of the vegetables before maturity to ensure quality fruits and a higher yields. During harvest time, cucumbers should be picked at least every other day, with daily harvesting being ideal.
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