Pickling Cucumber

Pickle cucumbers are actually cucumbers, harvested very early!
Common name : Pickling Cucumber
Scientific name : Cucumis sativus 'Cornichons'
Family : Cucurbitaceae
Category : Veggies
Type of plant : Annual
Sun loving
Sun loving
Edible
Edible
Some varieties are better suited for making pickles.

Sowing & planting

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Flowering

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Harvestint

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Caracteristics

Exposition
Water needs
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Frost-resistance Low
Zone USDA 11a
Height 50 - 200
pH 7

Identify my pickling cucumber

Plant with creeping stems, equipped with tendrils to hang on a support. The leaves are palmate, lobed, soft and hairy, the flowers are yellow and give green, cylindrical, thorny fruits. The flowers are yellow and produce green, prickly cylinder shaped fruits. Cucumbers and pickles are in fact the same plant, picked during different periods. Suitable varieties include the "Petit Petit de Paris" pickle, the "Fin de Meaux" pickle, or the Russian pickle, perfect for preparing Russian pickles!

Sow my pickling cucumber

Sow under shelter or inside starting in March, in a greenhouse or next to a window, outside of direct light. Sow in seed holes with 3 seeds in each. Prepare a bed of gravel or clay pebbles to facilitate draining and prevent the roots from rotting. Add potting soil specially for sowing up to about 2/3 of the container and tamp down lightly. Then, fill up the rest of the container. It you're lucky enough to have some nice, ripe compost, use it instead of potting soil, which is bad for the environment due to transport and extraction. Water regularly.

Thin out my pickling cucumber

Thinning after two to three weeks may be necessary to remove supernumerary plants or to transplant them eventually.

Plant my pickling cucumber

Starting in the beginning of May, once there's no more risk of freezing, place them in your planter or garden in a sunny place, sheltered from the wind. Good to know: the more heat the plant gets, the more it will produce! Additionally, if won't fruit at all if the temperature doesn't rise past 12° during the growing period. Leave a space of about 80 cm around and between each plant

Prune my pickling cucumber

Prune when the plant has 5 leaves: cut the main stem after the 4th leaf and proceed in the same way for the following few stems. It is recommended to keep only 4 fruits per branch for an optimal growth!

Water my pickling cucumber

Gherkins, like cucumbers, enjoy regular but limited watering: let the soil dry between waterings. Also take care not to wet the foliage to avoid disease! A golden rule: never water in full sun: it can burn foliage and it wastes water. Water in the evening, but not too late, to avoid the risk of mildew - which often happens if the foliage stays wet at night.

Mulch my pickling cucumber

Mulch between the plants, one to two weeks after the final planting, using a mulch that retains moisture well. This will limit evaporation at ground level, and therefore the need for watering and weeding.

Reap my pickling cucumber

Harvest when the pickles reach 5 to 8 cm. Collect them without waiting!

Check on my pickling cucumber

Various diseases are quite common among pickles! Mildew, unfortunately very common, causes brown spots on the leaves. Mildew is noticeable with a kind of white felting on the leaves. Baking soda can prevent the formation of spores of the fungi responsible for these diseases. Mix 5 g -1 tablespoon shaved about - of baking soda per liter of water and add 1 teaspoon of liquid Marseille soap, milk, or horticultural or food oil so that the solution clings to leaves. Spray this solution under and on the leaves and renew after any heavy rain. The pickle is also devastated by white flies. Natural remedy: we can plant nearby marigolds that will repel these insects.

Remove my pickling cucumber

Once the last fruit harvested, you can remove the plants, to give way to the fall plantations! Compost unless the foliage shows signs of disease.

Dibble my pickling cucumber

Starting in the beginning of May, once there's no more risk of freezing, place them in your planter or garden in a sunny place, sheltered from the wind. Good to know: the more heat the plant gets, the more it will produce! Additionally, if won't fruit at all if the temperature doesn't rise past 12° during the growing period. Leave a space of about 80 cm around and between each plant

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