Chicago Pickling Cucumber Seed

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Ideal for gherkins. The original cucumber that made the Chicago-style hot dog famous. Black-spined fruit can be allowed to reach 7” without sacrificing quality, but are often picked much smaller for gherkins — or left larger, for dill spears and bread-and-butter pickles. The thin skin readily takes up brining solutions. Amazingly prolific and resistant to scab and cucumber mosaic. Photo courtesy of Baker Creek Heirloom Seed.

  • Days to germinate: 7-14
  • Days to maturity: 55
  • Start indoors 3-4 weeks before last frost. Sow ½” deep in sterile planting medium.
  • Transplant spacing: 36-48” (do not disturb roots when transplanting). If you’re trellising, the transplants can be planted 24” apart.
  • Sow outdoors when temperatures reach 70º.
  • Seed spacing: Plant seeds in groups of 2-3, then another group 36” away (unless you’re trellising; see note just above).
  • Seed depth: 1/2”
  • Produce size: 3-7” each
  • Mature plant height: 1-4’ vine
  • Yield: 3-4 lbs. per plant
  • Suitable for container growing: Yes
  • Year of discovery: 1888

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