Cucumber 'Boston Pickling'

Cucumis sativus

Family: Cucurbitaceae (koo-ker-bih-TAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Cucumis (KOO-koo-mis) (Info)
Species: sativus (sa-TEE-vus) (Info)
Cultivar: Boston Pickling
Additional cultivar information:(aka Extra Early Green Prolific, Extra Early Prolific, Extra Green Prolific)
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Vines and Climbers


18-24 in. (45-60 cm)


9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

Seed Type:

Open Pollinated

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Bloom Color:

Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Blooms repeatedly

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

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

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

Spokane, Washington

Gardeners' Notes:


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


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.


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!


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.


On Jul 18, 2004, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

This is an ancient cultivar dating back to T. W. Woods in 1880. Known by many names it is a black spined pickling cultivar which will grow a 6 x 2.5 inch fruit.