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  Cucumber: Wisconsin SMR58 Pickling (3g, 110 seeds)
Heirloom Wisconsin Cucumber Seeds | Grow Wisconsin Cucumbers


 
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A great pickling cucumber, especially popular in northern regions with shorter growing seasons. Medium large vines produce heavy yields and offers great disease resistance!

A popular heirloom variety.

Average time to maturity: 50 days


Detailed planting instructions:

Cucumbers are very sensitive to cold. They need warm soil and air, whether direct-seeded or transplanted. Don’t rush to plant too early. Seed will not germinate if soil temperature is below 50 F, and germinates only slowly at 68 F.

Direct-seed 1 to 1 ½ inches deep, either in rows (2 inches apart in rows 5 to 6 feet apart) or in hills (3 to 6 seeds per hill, hills spaced 3 to 5 feet apart).

Thin to 8 to 15 inches apart in rows or 2 to 3 plants per hill. Snip off plants when thinning to avoid disturbing the roots of nearby plants.

For early crops, use black plastic mulch and row covers or other protection to speed warming and protect plants. Direct seed into holes in plastic. Cucumbers seeded into black plastic usually produce larger yields, as well earlier ones.

For extra early crops, start plants inside 3 to 5 weeks before transplanting. Sow 3 seeds per pot in 2-inch pots. Thin to one or two plants per pot. Grow above 70 F during the day and above 60 F at night. Be careful when hardening-off plants not to expose them to cold temperatures.

Plants with one or two true leaves transplant best. Transplant into black plastic mulch or warm garden soil after danger of frost has passed and weather has settled. Be careful not to damage roots when transplanting. If using peat pots, make sure they are saturated before transplanting and completely buried. If using row covers, remove when flowers begin to blossom to assure good pollination.

For a continuous harvest, make successive plantings every 2 to 3 weeks until about 3 months before first fall frost date. About 1 month before first frost, start pinching off new flowers so plants channel energy into ripening existing fruit.

Most cucumbers have both male and female flowers. The male flowers blossom first and produce pollen, but no fruit.

Cucumbers are heavy feeders and require fertile soil, nitrogen fertilizer, and/or additions of high-N organic matter sources. Pale, yellowish leaves indicate nitrogen deficiency. Leaf bronzing is a sign of potassium deficiency.

To reduce pest and disease pressure, do not plant cucumbers where you’ve grown them in the last two years.


HARVESTING

Generally the time to harvest for cucumbers is approximately sixty to seventy days from planting to harvest. Cucumbers can be picked at anytime there is fruit, of course depending on the cucumber variety and use of the fruit. Cucumbers should be picked early in the morning and refrigerated immediately. The larger a cucumber gets, the more of it's flavor is lost, becoming bitter and unpalatable. Cucumbers that have turned yellow are past their peak. Once the first cucumbers are ready to be harvested cut the vine about a half an inch above the fruit. Harvest all of the vegetables before maturity to ensure quality fruits and a higher yields. During harvest time, cucumbers should be picked at least every other day, with daily harvesting being ideal.


SAVING SEEDS

Slice fruit lengthwise and scrape seeds out with spoon. Allow seeds and jelly-like liquid to sit in jar at room temperature for 3 or 4 days. Fungus will start to form on top. Stir daily. Jelly will dissolve and good seeds will sink to bottom while remaining debris and immature seeds can be rinsed away. Spread seeds on a paper towel or screen until dry.
Features
  • Comes in E-Z Lock resealable, reusable triple-layered foil packets
  • Seeds are open pollinated and can be grown, harvested, and replanted endlessly
  • Dried & sealed airtight for long-term storage


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seeds December 3, 2014
Reviewer: harold adams from stratford, WI United States  
i like the way they are packed, vrey happy with them

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Pickling Cucumber October 3, 2014
Reviewer: Rick Smith from Lisbon , IA United States  
Have planted cucumbers in the past and hope this will be the cucumber of choice to make whole pickles.Will find out next year if this was a good choice.

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Amazing August 18, 2014
Reviewer: Sam :) from Missouri  
I trellis my cukes and they are doing great! Trying to grow organically as possible most seeds I have planted something has always gone wrong with them like with pest. These types the pest seem to leave alone and they don't seem to be disease or get powder like mildew and trust me to really put them to the test I tried. Very hardy and they are being prolific I am going to have cukes out my ears with all these little plants already bearing fruit. I had a very late start getting my plants in the ground but so far since being actually in the ground they have gone nuts and putting baby cukes anywhere and everywhere.  My neighbors are very envious!! Definitely going to save seed and get more from this place!

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Pickling Cucumber August 3, 2014
Reviewer: Jackie S. from Angola, IN United States  
It is now the 3rd day of August and I have already picked about 5 gallons of cucumbers from my 2 mounds that were planted. I have made 2 batches of dill pickles and have given away many cucumbers. Next on the list is to make some bread and butter pickles.

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All the seeds were great quality. June 18, 2014
Reviewer: Dave Fleming from Chisago City, MN United States  
All the seeds were great quality.

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