If you like pickles, you’ll need to try growing and planting pickling cucumbers. These tips and information will help you do this! These pickles are great to eat on their own, as a snack or to make pickles out of!
Botanical Information: Cucumis sativus
TA pickled cucumber is a cucumber that has been pickled in a brine, vinegar, or other solution and left to ferment for a period of time.
There are many varieties of pickling cucumbers. The most common are:
Pickling cucumbers are typically a warm-weather plant. Start cucumbers indoors 3-6 weeks before you plan to transplant them into the garden. You can also direct sow them in the garden 2-3 weeks AFTER all danger of frost is passed, and the soil is warm.
Sow the seeds about 1 ½ inches deep and cover the seeds lightly with soil. In rows, plant the seeds a few inches apart, in hills sow 4-5 seeds per hill. Thin the hill grown plants to the best two seedlings when they have their first true set of leaves.
Companions and Enemies
Some plants can help sweet potatoes grow. The most common are dill, legumes, root vegetables and sunflowers.
On the other hand, some plants will hinder sweet potatoes from growing. The most common are melons, potatoes, sage and fennel.
The main care requirement for cucumbers is water—consistent watering! They need one inch of water per week. Unless temperatures are extreme, more water would be beneficial. You can put your finger in the soil and when it is dry past the first joint of your finger, it is time to water.
It is important to note that inconsistent watering can lead to bitter-tasting fruit.
Full sun is the best opportunity for cucumbers to grow. If pickling cucumbers do not get sufficient light, they are most likely going to produce poor fruit or an overall lower yield. This means, cucumber plants should receive at least 8 hours of sun per day.
Pollination is required for cucumber plants. Without pollination, cucumbers could be deformed, slow growing or even no growth at all. Cucumber plants can be pollinated by bees or other insects. If that is not an option, hand pollinating would be the best option. This can be done by shaking the plants.
The most common insects or infections that bother cucumbers are cucumber beetles and powdery mildew.
Harvesting pickling cucumbers varies depends on what type of pickles you plan to make. If you are pickling these cucumbers for sweet pickles, you may harvest them when they are about 2 inches long. If you plan to make dill pickles, you can harvest them when they are 3-4 inches.
Storing & Preparing
Cucumbers are stored both in the fridge as well as on the counter. The counter is especially typical when the cucumbers are going to be pickled.
Once cucumbers are pickled, they should be stored in a cool, dry place. These pickles can be stored for 12 months.
Planting and Growing Pickling Cucumbers can be easy with these tips.