Learn How to Grow Pickling Cucumbers and the Best Varieties

If you love pickles, you will have noticed the many varieties of pickled cucumbers. Some can be large and cut lengthwise or sliced ​​and some are small and canned whole.

Almost any type of cucumber can be used to pickle, but true "pickle" cucumbers are different from Japanese heirloom, slicers, or nuggets. Pickled cucumbers refer to cucumbers that are used for processing or pickling. That doesn't mean they can't be eaten fresh, but their thinner skin, crunchy texture, and smaller seeds make them ideal for pickling.

That and its small size mean there is little prep work involved. Pickled cucumbers are short, with gradual shades from dark green on the stem to light green at the end of the flower.

Pickled cucumber varieties

Cucumbers have stubborn tendrils that easily stick to fences or boxes. While some cucumbers can take over the garden, there are newer varieties with shorter vine lengths for smaller gardens. Calypso, Royal, and H-19 Little Leaf are chippers that reach between 1 and 2 meters in length.

If it seems too big, train the vine to regrow to save space. Also, consider growing pickled cucumbers vertically if space is needed. Choose a lot and National Pickling is revered pip pickling. Other varieties of pickled cucumbers include:

  • Adam Gherkin
  • Pickling Boston
  • Calypso
  • Eureka
  • Homemade preserves
  • Jackson
  • Northern Reserve
  • Sassy rich
  • Salt and pepper (white culture)

There are also dwarf varieties, such as the Bush Pickle Hybrid, which grow to about 18 inches (46 cm) long, perfect for the container gardener.

How to grow picklers

Cucumbers, pickled or not, are prodigious producers. Pickled cucumbers should be ready for harvest between 50 and 65 days after planting and can be harvested for several weeks.

Growing pickled cucumbers is the same as growing other types of cucumbers. They prefer soils with a pH of 5.5, soils with good drainage, and a lot of nitrogen. You can plant in rows or on hills. Sow the seeds about 1 ½ inches deep and cover lightly with soil.

In rows, plant seeds a few inches apart; on hills, sow 4-5 seeds per hill. Cut down hill-grown plants to the top two seedlings when they have their first true set of leaves. Water the seeds and keep the bed moist. Since cucumbers feed a lot, give them a high-nitrogen fertilizer.

As soon as the plants start to bloom, switch to a balanced fertilizer. Topdressing and regular fertilizing go a long way in promoting a prosperous harvest.

Keep the plants watered. Put your finger on the ground every day. If the soil is dry, water the plants for a long time. Cucumbers are mainly made up of water, so constant watering is important to obtain juicy and crisp fruits.

We hope you enjoy this video about harvesting pickling & fermenting lots of cucumbers:

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