Boston Pickling

  • Sun: Full sun
  • Harvest Size: 3 to 7 inches long
  • Days to Harvest: 55
  • Plant Size: Long vine

Popular for pickling, Boston pickling cucumber yields abundant short cukes with solid, crisp flesh that’s receptive to pickling spices. The cucumbers are thick-skinned, straight with full ends (for even slices or spears), and bright green.

Give cucumber vines plenty of room to spread on the ground, or use a trellis to save space and keep the fruits clean. Cucumber is very frost-tender, so plant at least several weeks after the last frost. In cooler areas, warm the soil first with black plastic before planting, then plant through the plastic.

Plant spacing: 36-48 inches apart. Plants per person: 8 to 10 for pickling.

Secrets to Success »

Cucumbers don’t require a lot of fuss. Just be sure to water regularly and keep the soil moist, preferably with a soaker hose to prevent leaf diseases. Fertilize every 2 weeks with Bonnie Herb & Vegetable Plant Food. Use straw mulch to prevent pest problems, particularly for plants grown on the ground.

Harvest and Use »

Cucumbers grow fast, so check your plants daily for ripe cukes, harvesting them as soon as they’re big enough to use. Pick often to encourage more fruiting, clipping the stem above the fruit. If cucumbers get too large or overripe on the vine, remove them.

Boston pickling cucumbers can be harvested at sizes from 2 to 7 inches, depending on your pickling needs. Use them in your favorite pickling recipes.

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