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PlantFiles: Cucumber
Cucumis sativus 'Chicago Pickling'

Family: Cucurbitaceae (koo-ker-bih-TAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Cucumis (KOO-koo-mis) (Info)
Species: sativus (sa-TEE-vus) (Info)
Cultivar: Chicago Pickling
Additional cultivar information: (aka Improved Chicago Pickling, Westerfield, Westerfield Chicago Pickling, Westerfield)

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18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

Seed Type:
Open Pollinated
Advanced Cultivar
Breeder's Line

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Bloom Color:
Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer
Blooms repeatedly

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

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

Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds


2 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive fredgm On Jun 29, 2012, fredgm from Elgin, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

Once it gets going, the plant is hardy and prolific; it will climb eagerly.
Yes, the cucumber skins are bitter, and can get tough if you let them grow too large.
But if you want a LOT of cukes, if you like to make pickles, and if you DON'T like to baby your plants, this is the "lazy farmer's" choice.

Positive Farmerdill On Jan 17, 2004, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

A pickling cucumber from 1888. I rarely grow the pickling types but my mother did. This cultivar created an abundance of thumb sized cucumbers which she used for whole sweet pickles.


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

Ann Arbor, Michigan
Elgin, Texas
Troy, Virginia
Black Earth, Wisconsin

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