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Boston Pickling Cucumber Seeds (3g)
Heirloom Boston Pickling Cucumber Seeds | Grow Boston Pickling Cucumbers


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Boston Pickling Cucumber (3g):
Produces heavy and continual yields of 3-6" fruits, perfect for pickling. The dark green, blunt-ended cucumbers can also be used in salads! Average time to maturity: 57 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" 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.

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.
  • 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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  0 of 0 people found the following review helpful:
This is doing wonderful February 23, 2017
Reviewer: Matthew Tuescher from Nowhere, WI  
This is my first time gardening.  I was not expecting these to grow so fast.  They are very green and strong though. Should be interesting

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Seeds February 1, 2017
Reviewer: Papa G's Pickles from Patterson, CA United States  
Just waiting for the growing season to get them ion the ground.

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Garden Ready October 11, 2016
Reviewer: Anonymous Person from Mountains of Idaho  
Won't plant until spring.  Thanks for the variety.

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  1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
I love the boston picklers July 5, 2016
Reviewer: Anonymous Person from Crawfordville, Fl  
Boston Picklers are THE BEST cucumbers I have ever grown. I have been gardening for 8 years and have tried  several varieties with this being the best. I did not add anything to my soil (not recommended) and  did not water as much as I probably should have and I kid you not for 3 weeks we got a large colander full every couple days out of 5 plants. Highly recommended!

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Storage June 9, 2016
Reviewer: Ken Oehrig from Laurens, SC United States  
Long term storage

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