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PlantFiles: Cucumber
Cucumis sativus 'Boston Pickling'

Family: Cucurbitaceae (koo-ker-bih-TAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Cucumis (KOO-koo-mis) (Info)
Species: sativus (sa-TEE-vus) (Info)
Cultivar: Boston Pickling

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6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

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Seed Type:
Open Pollinated

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Bloom Color:
Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall

Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Unblemished fruit must be significantly overripe before harvesting seed; clean and dry seeds
Ferment seeds before storing


4 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive NicoleC On Jul 3, 2013, NicoleC from Madison, AL (Zone 7b) wrote:

Very productive variety with long vines. Fruit are small enough and stems are sturdy enough for these to trellis without support. Quite good for fresh eating at about 5" long

Positive suzy_qu3 On Sep 2, 2011, suzy_qu3 from East Chatham, NY wrote:

This is a must for the serious pickler. High yields of thin-skinned, sweet fruit come in early-ish. Life cycle is especially conducive to staggered planting for continuous harvest as long as weather allows.

Positive wantrealfood On Dec 13, 2009, wantrealfood from (Zone 6a) wrote:

Very prolific plants, easy to grow on trellises. I was picking 4 to 6 cucumbers and pickling them everyday from my seven vines for a couple of weeks. Very crisp and tasty, making excellent dill pickles. Also tasty enough to eat fresh on salads. I can hardly wait to grow some more!

Positive Gabrielle On Feb 5, 2006, Gabrielle from (Zone 5a) wrote:

Very productive; I have planted and enjoyed these for years.

An old heirloom dating back to 1880. Vigorous vines give large yields of smooth green fruit. It is excellent for pickles, very crisp and good quality. A very popular variety at the turn of the century. 50 days.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Madison, Alabama
Menifee, California
Deland, Florida
Water Valley, Mississippi
Brooklyn, New York
East Chatham, New York
Painesville, Ohio
Sunbury, Pennsylvania

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