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    > Heirloom Vegetable Seeds > Cucumber > National Pickling Cucumber
    National Pickling Cucumber: ( 55 Days ) Heirloom   This dark green variety that reaches 6 to 7" in length with fruit that is short, thick, and blunt-ended when small; smooth and cylindrical when larger. Can be used fresh or as slicing cucumbers.
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    PROPAGATION / SOWING OF CUCUMBER:

    Sow cucumbers indoors 3-4 weeks prior to last frost or direct seed after all risk of frost. For indoor planting use 2 inch square jiffy strip pots and plant 1-2 seeds per square; thin to ensure one cucumber plant per pot. Plant cucumber seeds ½-1” deep, transplant or space plants 6” apart in rows 4-6” apart. Cucumber Plants are tender, so soil should be warm, 18-24°C (65-75°F) for germination to begin. If growing on a trellis, space plants 18” apart. Plant 3 to 4 cucumber plants per hill for effective pollination.

    CARE & GROWING OF CUCUMBER:

     Cucumbers require full sun. As they are heavy feeders, an application of compost or well rotted manure worked into the planting area will help. Regular applications of a complete soluble fertilizer during the growing season is beneficial. Cucumber plants should not be allowed to wilt. Make sure cucumbers are well watered before transplanting. Spread a mulch around plants before they start to vine, to cut down on weeds and conserve moisture. The mulch will also help to keep the fruit clean
     

    HARVESTING OF CUCUMBER:

    Pick slicing cucumbers when they reach 6-8” long; pickling cucumbers at 3-5”. Keep mature cucumbers picked off the vines to encourage a longer, abundant yield. Harvest cucumbers for pickling early in the morning.