Cucumber Gherkin National Seeds
Info: This very fast growing and prolific variety will produce a mass of small prickly fruits that can be picked and eaten in the normal way or, as the name suggests, pickled to make you own gherkins. You can harvest at different sizes from babies to biggies up to 6ins long. As this is what is known as a `Ridge Type` it is suitable for outdoor growing, frame growing or growing in a polytunnel or greenhouse. It can reach heights up to 10 ft (3 m).
Sowing & cultivation: Sow indoors Mar-Apr or sow directly outdoors in May when all risk of frost has passed. Sow 3 seeds 10mm deep into 8cm pots of free draining moist seed compost. Thin to strongest seedling asap. Keep moist, not wet. Plant the seedlings out after the last frost. Cucumbers prefer rich soil with plenty of organic matter. Train up supports with 45 cm spacing. For ground maturing lay straw or plastic to keep fruit clean with 90cm spacing. Pick fruits while young and tender, older fruits can become bitter.
|Botanical name||Cucumis sativus|
|Sowing||indoors Mar/Apr, from May outdoors|
|Location||partial shade, moist, nutrient-rich soil|
|Height||up to 300 cm|