(Cucumis sativus) 54 days. A very prolific, old-fashioned variety, a favorite among gardeners. The National Pickling Improved Cucumber grows to 6″ long, medium green, with black spines. They can be sliced for eating or used for pickles, a very versatile variety. National Pickling Improved spines have to be rubbed and washed off before pickling. Ideal for dill pickles. A great variety for the home gardener.
Planting Instructions for National Pickling Improved Cucumber Seeds
National Pickling Improved cucumbers are heat loving, frost sensitive vines. Plant heirloom cucumber seeds in full sun, ½ – ¾” deep, in 1′ diameter hills of 4-6 seeds each, 3-4′ apart. Germination occurs in 4-13 days in soil 70-95°F. Thin to 1-2 plants per hill. In short season climates you can start cucumber seeds indoors 3 weeks before last frost, in individual peat pots at least 3½” across. Harden off cucumbers plants for 1 week before setting out. Harvest regularly for continuous production, making sure to pick overripe cucumbers that were missed. Heirloom slicing cucumbers are best when uniformly green, firm and crisp. For pickles harvest cucumbers when 2-6″ according to preference.