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Cucumis sativus 'National Pickling'

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

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Vines and Climbers

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

Seed Type:
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Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Bloom Color:
Gold (Yellow-Orange)

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer

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:
Unblemished fruit must be significantly overripe before harvesting seed; clean and dry seeds

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3 positives
3 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral lssfishhunter On Dec 16, 2012, lssfishhunter from Jonesville, SC (Zone 7b) wrote:

It's not the best; not the worst. It does produce many pickling-sized cukes. My wife seems to be pleased with the pickles. I eat them raw and in salads.

Positive Tefoe On Jun 7, 2011, Tefoe from Lakeland, FL wrote:

A very productive plant! I have had vines, trimmed of suckers, reach 15 feet long, fruiting the entire way..
They do not get bitter if stressed either(heat/water). I live in central Florida, where the heat and insects can do a number on cucumbers, but these guys are one of a very few cucumbers that can really take the heat! 95 and ++ and they don't even wilt! Where other varieties will, even with adequate water.
The same with pest, they just don't seem to be bothered by them as with other varieties...

Positive Big_Red On Jun 23, 2007, Big_Red from Bethelridge, KY (Zone 6a) wrote:

Haven't tried it for pickles yet but it is a great slicer if allowed to grow. Not the slightest trace of bitterness. This one goes on my list for next year!

Neutral NatureWalker On Apr 22, 2006, NatureWalker from New York & Terrell, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

This is a a multi-purpose cucumber, ideal for pickling with its small, blocky fruit and tender skin; pick either 'Gherkin' or 'Kirby' size. However, if allowed to reach full size, they can be used fresh as slicing cucumbers. This warm-weather vegetable is easy to grow and a vigorous grower. 50-60 days to maturity. It has become an Amercan staple and Heirloom pickle.

Medium-green fruits. Black-spined, great for making relishes produces a very heavy yield. Early fruit on vigorous, medium vines that retain quality over a longer season. Developed by the National Pickle Packers Association in collaboration with the Michigan Agricultural Experiment Station in the 1920's.

Positive raisedbedbob On Jan 26, 2006, raisedbedbob from Walkerton, VA (Zone 7a) wrote:

Wonderful pickler and slicer too.

Neutral Farmerdill On Jul 19, 2004, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

A 1924 pckling cultivar from the Michigan Agricultural Experiment Station. It is a monoecious pickler, with straight 6 x 1.75 inch medium green fruit. (54 day)


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

Lakeland, Florida
Bethelridge, Kentucky
Alfred, Maine
Valley Lee, Maryland
Battle Creek, Michigan
Lake Orion, Michigan
Jonesville, South Carolina
Houston, Texas
Dayton, Washington

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