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Organic National Pickling Cucumber

Organic National Pickling Cucumber

Blunt Ends Ensure Complete Filling

Developed by the National Pickle Packers Association and Michigan Agriculture Experiment Station, the National Pickling Cucumber is an outstanding heirloom with thick tips and delightful flavor. The cucumber, created to fill jars completely, has blunt, slightly tapered ends, and dark green with black spines. Ideal for gherkins at 2-3 inches or slicers at 4 inches. Full maturity at 6 inches. Offers consistent heavy yields and resistance to scab and cucumber mosaic virus. A timeless favorite for your vegetable patch. Maturing in 52 days.

Sustainably grown in 2.75" pots

Selecting the Right Location 

Choose a sunny spot in your garden that receives at least 6-8 hours of direct sunlight per day. National Pickling Cucumbers thrive in warm, sunny conditions. Ensure the soil is well-draining and rich in organic matter. A pH level between 6.0 and 7.0 is ideal for optimal growth. Consider providing support for the cucumber vines to climb. Trellises or cages promote better air circulation and reduce the risk of disease.

Planting National Pickling Cucumber Starts

Wait until all danger of frost has passed before transplanting your National Pickling Cucumber into the garden. Cucumbers are sensitive to cold temperatures and thrive in warm soil. Space the plants adequately apart in rows, allowing room for the vines to spread and ensuring good air circulation. Plant the starts at the same depth as they were in their containers, gently firming the soil around the roots. Water thoroughly after planting to help settle the soil and reduce transplant shock.

Watering and Fertilizing 

Keep the soil consistently moist but not waterlogged. Cucumbers have shallow roots and require regular watering, especially during hot, dry weather. Avoid overhead watering to reduce the risk of foliar diseases. Water at the base of the plants to deliver moisture directly to the roots. Fertilize National Pickling Cucumber starts with a balanced fertilizer high in nitrogen to promote healthy foliage growth. Follow the instructions on the fertilizer package carefully to avoid over-fertilizing.

Pest and Disease Management 

Monitor your cucumber plants regularly for signs of pests such as aphids, cucumber beetles, and spider mites. Early detection is key to preventing infestations. Consider using natural pest control methods such as companion planting with marigolds or using insecticidal soaps and neem oil sprays. Keep the garden clean and free of debris to reduce the risk of disease. Good air circulation around the plants also helps prevent fungal diseases such as powdery mildew.

Harvesting National Pickling Cucumbers 

National Pickling Cucumbers are typically ready for harvest when they are of a suitable size for pickling, usually around 2 to 4 inches in length. Harvest cucumbers regularly to encourage continued fruit production. Leaving cucumbers on the vine for too long can result in oversized fruits with tough skins and seeds. Use sharp scissors or garden shears to cut the cucumbers from the vine, taking care not to damage the plant. Harvest cucumbers early in the morning when they are at their peak freshness and flavor. Store harvested cucumbers in the refrigerator to prolong their shelf life.

Growing National Pickling Cucumber starts can be a rewarding experience for gardeners of all skill levels. By following these simple tips and guidelines, you can enjoy a bountiful harvest of delicious homemade pickles all season long. 

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Description

Developed by the National Pickle Packers Association and Michigan Agriculture Experiment Station, the National Pickling Cucumber is an outstanding heirloom with thick tips and delightful flavor. The cucumber, created to fill jars completely, has blunt, slightly tapered ends, and dark green with black spines. Ideal for gherkins at 2-3 inches or slicers at 4 inches. Full maturity at 6 inches. Offers consistent heavy yields and resistance to scab and cucumber mosaic virus. A timeless favorite for your vegetable patch. Maturing in 52 days.

Sustainably grown in 2.75" pots

Selecting the Right Location 

Choose a sunny spot in your garden that receives at least 6-8 hours of direct sunlight per day. National Pickling Cucumbers thrive in warm, sunny conditions. Ensure the soil is well-draining and rich in organic matter. A pH level between 6.0 and 7.0 is ideal for optimal growth. Consider providing support for the cucumber vines to climb. Trellises or cages promote better air circulation and reduce the risk of disease.

Planting National Pickling Cucumber Starts

Wait until all danger of frost has passed before transplanting your National Pickling Cucumber into the garden. Cucumbers are sensitive to cold temperatures and thrive in warm soil. Space the plants adequately apart in rows, allowing room for the vines to spread and ensuring good air circulation. Plant the starts at the same depth as they were in their containers, gently firming the soil around the roots. Water thoroughly after planting to help settle the soil and reduce transplant shock.

Watering and Fertilizing 

Keep the soil consistently moist but not waterlogged. Cucumbers have shallow roots and require regular watering, especially during hot, dry weather. Avoid overhead watering to reduce the risk of foliar diseases. Water at the base of the plants to deliver moisture directly to the roots. Fertilize National Pickling Cucumber starts with a balanced fertilizer high in nitrogen to promote healthy foliage growth. Follow the instructions on the fertilizer package carefully to avoid over-fertilizing.

Pest and Disease Management 

Monitor your cucumber plants regularly for signs of pests such as aphids, cucumber beetles, and spider mites. Early detection is key to preventing infestations. Consider using natural pest control methods such as companion planting with marigolds or using insecticidal soaps and neem oil sprays. Keep the garden clean and free of debris to reduce the risk of disease. Good air circulation around the plants also helps prevent fungal diseases such as powdery mildew.

Harvesting National Pickling Cucumbers 

National Pickling Cucumbers are typically ready for harvest when they are of a suitable size for pickling, usually around 2 to 4 inches in length. Harvest cucumbers regularly to encourage continued fruit production. Leaving cucumbers on the vine for too long can result in oversized fruits with tough skins and seeds. Use sharp scissors or garden shears to cut the cucumbers from the vine, taking care not to damage the plant. Harvest cucumbers early in the morning when they are at their peak freshness and flavor. Store harvested cucumbers in the refrigerator to prolong their shelf life.

Growing National Pickling Cucumber starts can be a rewarding experience for gardeners of all skill levels. By following these simple tips and guidelines, you can enjoy a bountiful harvest of delicious homemade pickles all season long. 

Shipping Information

Ships from Northern CA.

Cannot ship to the following states: AK, HI, PR, VI, GU

Shipping Weight: 0.5 lb

Features

  • Grow on a Trellis
  • Open-Pollinated
  • Requires Staking

Characteristics

Organic Status: Certified Organic Product
USDA Growing Zone: 4 - 10
Approximate Harvest Time : Early Fall
Approximate Harvest Time : Early Summer
Approximate Harvest Time : Late Summer
Growth Habit : Vining
Life Cycle : Tender Annual
Plant Family : Curcubitaceae (Curcubits)
Planting Time : Spring
Planting Time : Summer
Soil pH : 6.0 - 7.0
Sun Requirements : Full Sun/Part Sun

Planting & Care

Soil & Water: Amend soil well with aged manure or compost. Ample and consistent moisture is required. For good results avoid overly wet or dry periods. 

Planting & Growing: Wait until the weather is warm and settled and night temperatures stay above 50 degrees. 

Harvesting & Storage: Cut fruits from vines before seeds are large inside. Harvest every few days for the longest production. Eat within a day or two of picking for best taste and quality.

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Guarantee

We guarantee the perishable items we sell to be in good, viable condition when we sell them. Perishable items include, but are not limited to, garlic bulbs, flower bulbs, seed potatoes, onion sets & transplants, potted or bare root trees, vegetable crowns, etc. If your perishable item arrives in substandard condition, take photographs and please contact us within 3 days of the purchase date (or delivery date) and we will provide you with a refund of the purchase price (excluding shipping costs), or a replacement. Accordingly, we urge you to open any boxes marked as ""Perishable"" immediately upon receiving them and inspect the shipment thoroughly (do not crack open heads of garlic, we do not accept claims on cracked garlic). Because some perishable items can deteriorate very quickly, we cannot accept any claims beyond the 3-day time frame as it becomes too difficult to determine if these items were delivered in substandard condition, or if they turned into such substandard condition because of having been improperly cared for or stored once delivered.

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