Cucumber, Homemade Pickles
Homemade Pickles Cucumber
Homemade Pickles make the absolute best crunchy dill pickles. The vines are vigorous, high yielding. The cukes are solid, crisp medium green with small white spines.
Pick at 1½" for tiny sweet pickles or grow to 5-6" for dills and spears. Plants grow very vigorously over a long season, with great disease resistance for even bigger yields. Support the vines with a trellis or staking.
- Botanical Name - Cucumis sativus
- Season of Interest - Cool / Warm
- Cultivating Difficulty: Easy
- Growth Habit: Upright - Climbing/Vine
- Soil pH: 6.0 to 7.5
- Soil Type: Well-drained, Fertile soil
- Features: Open-Pollinating
- Color: Green
- Sunlight: Full Sun
- Height: 18-24"
- Spread: 1 to 6 feet
- Days to emergence: 3 to 10
- Heirloom: YES
- Non-GMO: YES
- Treated: NO
- Indoor/Outdoor: Outdoor
- Life Cycle: Annual
- Watering: Medium
- Days to harvest: 55
- Season of Interest: Fall, Spring, Summer
- Approximately 1000 seed per ounce
CLASSIFICATION: Open Pollinated, Heirloom, Non-Gmo, Annual, Monoecious
Open pollinated means this plants flowers are fertilized by bees, moths, birds, bats, and even the wind or rain. The seed that forms produces the same plant the following year.
All heirlooms are open pollinated, but not all open pollinated plants are heirlooms. Only a small fraction of the plant world is considered heirloom. This variety has a history of being passed down within communities and families as early as the 1700's, similar to the generational sharing of items like jewelry or furniture.
Monoecious cucumbers grow both female and male flowers. They do not need another cultivar cucumber plant for pollination. Monoecious plants are pollinated by bees, other insects and wind.
- Cabbage Family
- Marigold deters beetles
- Nasturtium deters aphids, beetles and bugs, improves growth and flavor
- Oregano deters pests in general
- Tansy deters ants, beetles, bugs, flying insects
Did you know...The term “cool as a cucumber” is actually derived from the cucumber’s ability to cool the temperature of the blood. Also, when applied topically, cucumber really does cool the blood and ease facial swelling, which is why cucumbers are so popular in facial regimens.
Nutritional Value & Health Benefits: One medium unpeeled, raw cucumber has: