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pick a pickling cuke!

Ok my husband and kids LOVE bread and butter pickles, I don’t normally grow cukes because I don’t like them fresh and rarely eat them pickled but the pickled peppers I made last year are SOOOO good and my family is eating a large number of pickles now so I want to grow some.

The local greenhouse has these varieties listed in their catalog:
Armenian*
Boothby’s Blonde*
Burpless
Crystal Apple*
Diva
Homemade Pickles
Lemon*
Mexican Gherkin
Spacemaster
Striped Armenian
Sweeter Yet
Suyo Long*

( * is heirloom)

So if those were your only choices what would you grow for bread and butter pickles? What is your #1 pickle not on the list?

Posted over 6 years ago | Last edited over 6 years ago

I personally would grow which ever heirloom produce a pickle about 4-5 inches long. And if I had the money and space, I would try at least two each year until I found the one I love.

That is the great thing about growing from seed, you get to try so many different varieties. Also, you get to resow your own seeds. I will go with a hybrid if it tastes better but I won’t go with hybrids just for production. I grow a green ice hybrid lettuce from burbee which I really love.

I grow Sumter Pickling Cucumber personally, very happy. I would be happy to send you some seed if available. If you would like seed, send me direct email and we can set up a swap.

Best of Luck

Posted about 6 years ago

I thought cukes just grew and grew and grew… I want to try a few like I do with toms and peppers, I just don’t know where to start since I don’t really eat cukes or pickles.

I would love to try some of your summer pickling cucumbers if you can save some seed this year.

Posted about 6 years ago

@Tash, the only other thing I know to do with cucumbers is to slice thin and put in water and make…. cucumber water. It actually tastes great.

However, if you don’t like cukes or pickles, I say try something you will like. Life is too short to grow crops you won’t use.

Best of Luck…

Posted about 6 years ago

My family will use them. My kids LOVE pickles, and my husband likes B&B pickles on sandwiches.

oh and the reason I was looking at the greenhouse plants instead of seed is my youngest was born just before Halloween so I didn’t start anything from seed this year like I normally do. I bought a few pepper plants and put them in some open spaces in my herb garden, tomatoes I will just buy this year for processing (last year I started over 100 toms from seed).

Posted about 6 years ago

Congrats on the new baby!!! Sounds like you will get to try a new variety no matter what this year.

Posted about 6 years ago

Since I usually plant cucs in containers, I have tried spacemaster and they make good 3-4 inch pickling cucs.

Posted about 6 years ago

spacemaster would be good then. Thanks :)

Posted about 6 years ago

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