Cucumber 'National 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: National Pickling
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Vines and Climbers


18-24 in. (45-60 cm)


9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

Seed Type:

Unknown - Tell us

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Bloom Color:

Gold (yellow-orange)

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

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:

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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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jul 17, 2015, DonShirer from Westbrook, CT (Zone 6a) wrote:

I don't pickle, but these are ok for eating fresh if you get them young. Just not my favorite salad cuke. If they get too large they tend to turn an unattractive orange-yellow. Good yield.


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.


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...


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!


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.


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

Wonderful pickler and slicer too.


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)