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Cucumber 'National Pickling'    

Cucumis sativus

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'National Pickling' is a Cucumber variety in the Cucumis genus with a scientific name of Cucumis sativus. Blooms appear in these approximate colours:   Canary yellow. When ripe, fruit appear in these approximate colours:   Ao green and   Apple green.

One of the most widely used pickling cucumbers, these are quite prolific! Ripe cucumbers measure 5-6 inches long and are dark green with lighter green striping.

Specifically bred with a bit of a taper to fit in the pickle jar better.

National Pickling grows as an Annual and is a Vegetable. Being an Annual, it tends to grow best over the course of a single year. Normally reaching to a mature height of 11.7 inches (30.0 cm), National Pickling grows with a climbing growth habit. This variety tends to bloom in late spring.

India is believed to be where National Pickling originates from.

National Pickling Cucumber needs a moderate amount of maintenance, so some level of previous experience comes in handy when growing this plant. Ensure that you are aware of the soil, sun, ph and water requirements for this plant and keep an eye out for pests.

This variety plant info is provided by the myfolia gardener's wiki. All details about National Pickling have been kindly provided by our members.

How to grow National Pickling

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Keep your cucumbers picked regularly to promote more plant growth.

Plant in a location that enjoys full sun and remember to water often. Keep in mind when planting that National Pickling is thought of as tender, so it is really important to plant out well after your last frost date. Use USDA Hardiness Zone 3 - 14 as your guideline for the appropriate climate for this plant. Try to keep the ph of your soil between the range of 5.5 and 6.8 as National Pickling likes to be in weakly acidic soil.

Growing National Pickling from seed

Plant 5-6 seeds per hill, space hills 4-5 feet apart. Thin the hills to 3-4 plants when they reach 1-2 inches tall.

Sow at a depth of approx. 0.47 inches (1.2 cm) and aim for a distance of at least 11.7 inches (30.0 cm) between Cucumber plants. Soil temperature should be kept higher than 16°C / 61°F to ensure good germination.

By our calculations, you should look at sowing National Pickling about 14 days after your last frost date.

Transplanting National Pickling

Ensure that temperatures are mild and all chance of frost has passed before planting out, as National Pickling is a tender plant.

Harvesting National Pickling

Ripe cucumbers are 5-6 inches and dark green with lighter green stripes. Ready in 52 days.

This variety tends to be ready for harvesting by early summer.