Pickle Cucumbers

Pickle Cucumbers are generally short and blocky, which makes them great for pickling but they are still good for slicing. This tender, warm-season vegetable can add a crisp cool snap to your favorite salad or sandwich. Although the cucumber has a higher water content than most vegetables, you can increase its nutritional value by serving the cucumber without peeling it first. Plant cucumbers after the danger of frost has passed. A second planting for fall harvest may be made in mid-July to mid-August. For best yields, add compost or well-rotted manure before planting. Prior to planting, fertilize with a complete fertilizer (10-20-10 or 13-13-13) at a rate of 4 pounds per 100 feet of row. When the vines begin to run, side-dress with an additional 2 pounds per 100 feet of row. Repeat every two weeks on sandy soils and every three weeks on heavier soils. Harvest size depends on the type of cucumber grown. Pickling cucumbers can be picked when they are 2-4″ long. Pick by turning cucumbers parallel to the vine and snapping off with a quick snap. This prevents vine damage.

Size: 1204, #4

Spacing: Plant 18″ apart in 60″ rows.

Height: Grows 6″ to 8″ tall.

How To Grow: Plant in full sun.

Outstanding Features: Resistant to most diseases.

Tips: When the cucumbers mature and are ready to be picked, picking them regularly instead of leaving them on the vine will keep them producing new cucumbers longer. Harvest cucumbers in the early morning and they will be more crisp.

Uses: Garden Vegetable/Fruit

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