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Cucumber, Mexican Sour Gherkin

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Tiny, sweet treats have sweet cucumber flavor combined with a tangy sourness.

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Cook's Garden Favorite. Get ready for an extravaganza of tiny, sweet treats. Mini fruit’s sweet cucumber flavor is combined with a tangy sourness: as if pickled already. Yields a bounty of tiny cukes for salads, snacks and pickling. Gorgeous when cascading from a hanging basket or growing on a trellis.
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Type Some flowers and vegetables fall into subcategories that may define how they grow (such as pole or bush), what they are used for (such as slicing tomatoes or shelling peas), flower type, or other designations that will help you select the type of a class of plant that you are looking for.

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Days To Maturity The average number of days from when the plant is actively growing in the garden to the expected time of harvest.

60-70 days

Fruit Size The average size of the fruit produced by this product.

1 inches

Sun The amount of sunlight this product needs daily in order to perform well in the garden. Full sun means 6 hours of direct sun per day; partial sun means 2-4 hours of direct sun per day; shade means little or no direct sun.

Full Sun

Spread The width of the plant at maturity.

36-42 inches

Height The typical height of this product at maturity.

12 inches

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  • Cucumbers

    Cucumbers
    Start Indoors Start Indoors Starting seeds indoors is called Indoor Sow or Indirect Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds indoors in the spring or summer
    Transplant Transplant When to transplant bulbs or roots in the garden for spring
    Start Outdoors Start Outdoors Starting seeds outdoors is called Outdoor Sow or Direct Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the spring or summer
    Start Indoors Fall Start Indoors Fall Starting seeds indoors in the fall called Indoor Sow or Indirect Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the fall
    Transplant Fall Transplant Fall Transplant Fall-When to transplant bulbs or roots in the garden for fall
    Start Outdoors Fall Start Outdoors Fall Starting seeds outdoors in the fall is called Outdoor Sow or Direct Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the fall
    S S Succession Planting This means that the plants have multiple harvests in a season
    First Date: May-16 - Last Date: Jun-13
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How to Sow and Plant

Sowing Seed Indoors:

  • Direct sowing is recommended, but to get a head start you can grow cucumbers indoors 3-4 weeks before the last frost in individual biodegradable pots indoors. Sow 2-3 seeds per pot.
  • Sow seeds ½  inches deep in seed-starting formula
  • Keep the soil moist at 70 degrees F
  • Seedlings emerge in 7-14 days
  • As soon as seedlings emerge, provide plenty of light on a sunny windowsill or grow seedlings 3-4 inches beneath fluorescent plant lights turned on 16 hours per day, off for 8 hours at night. Raise the lights as the plants grow taller. Incandescent bulbs will not work for this process because they will get too hot. Most plants require a dark period to grow, do not leave lights on for 24 hours.
  • Seedlings do not need much fertilizer, feed when they are 3-4 weeks old using a starter solution (half strength of a complete indoor houseplant food) according to manufacturer’s directions.
  • Thin to one plant per pot.
  • Before planting in the garden, seedling plants need to be “hardened off”. Accustom young plants to outdoor conditions by moving them to a sheltered place outside for a week. Be sure to protect them from wind and hot sun at first. If frost threatens at night, cover or bring containers indoors, then take them out again in the morning. This hardening off process toughens the plant’s cell structure and reduces transplant shock and scalding.

Sowing Directly in the Garden:

  • Sow in directly in the garden in fertile, warm soil after danger of frost has passed. Cucumber seeds will not germinate in soil colder than 60 degrees.
  • Sow seeds 3 inches apart in groups of 4-6. Cover with ½ inch of fine soil.
  • Space groups 19 to 26 inches apart each way.
  • Keep evenly moist.
  • Seedlings emerge in 7-14 days.
  • Thin to 3 or 4 strongest seedlings in each group when they are 1-2 inches high.

How to Grow

  • Keep weeds under control during the growing season. Weeds compete with plants for water, space and nutrients, so control them by either cultivating often or use a mulch to prevent their seeds from germinating. 
  • Cucumbers have a shallow root system, mulches help retain soil moisture and maintain even soil temperatures.
  • Keep plants well-watered during the growing season, especially during dry spells. Plants need about 1-2 inches of rain per week during the growing season. Use a rain gauge to check to see if you need to add water. It's best to water with a drip or trickle system that delivers water at low pressure at the soil level. If you water with overhead sprinklers, water early in the day so the foliage has time to dry off before evening, to minimize disease problems. Keep the soil moist but not saturated.
  • As plants grow mulch to control weeds, keep fruits off the ground and conserve moisture
  • Do not move the vines, they are easily injured.
  • Monitor for pests and diseases. Check with your local Cooperative Extension Service for pest controls recommended for your area.
  • When cucumber seeds are direct-sown along a cucumber fence, vines can be trained to grow upright for easy picking and to save space for other plants to grow. Good companion vegetable plants are direct-sown radishes, bush snap beans, and transplants of compact herbs, peppers, eggplants and tomatoes. Attract bee pollinators by planting daisies such as sunflowers, cosmos, zinnias and coneflower, and mints such as bee balm, sage, oregano and lavender. More bees mean more chances flowers will be pollinated and develop into fruits.

Harvest & Preserving

  • Like most vegetables, cucumbers are tender and tastiest when harvested young before their seeds are fully developed.
  • Slicing cucumber varieties are generally ready for harvest when about six to eight inches long; pickling cucumber types at three to five inches- both in about 50-60 days from seeding.
  • To avoid damage cut fruit from the vine rather than pull
  • Don't allow the fruits to become overripe on the vine as this signals to the plant that the seed-development process is nearly complete and it will shut down.
  • Keep mature cucumber fruits picked to encourage further production. During hot weather cucumbers grow very fast, you may need to harvest every day.
  • Harvest the cucumber fruits early in the morning before the sun hits them for the best flavor and texture.
Type
Specialty
Days To Maturity
60-70 days
Fruit Size
1 inches
Sun
Full Sun
Spread
36-42 inches
Height
12 inches
Sow Method
Direct Sow
Planting Time
Spring, Summer
Sow Time
After Last Frost
Thin
36 inches
Cucumber, Mexican Sour Gherkin is rated 3.3 out of 5 by 11.
Rated 1 out of 5 by from No germination I planted all of the seeds and none of them sproted.
Date published: 2017-06-06
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Disappointed Nothing grew. Tried several times and couldn't get the seeds to sprout.
Date published: 2017-06-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I can't believe how well these are growing ! I purchased these on a whim, really not expecting much because of some of the reviews. Well let me tell you, it was slow going for about two weeks. Then these things took off like a rocket ! I planted them in raised beds with trellis strings. I tried to get a photo to upload but I kept getting an error message, sad because you can't see how beautiful they look. We haven't tasted them yet but the vines are full and happy ! As am I with this purchase !
Date published: 2017-05-31
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Wouldn't sprout Planted half the seeds in starting tray and not a single one sprouted, then i tried directly in dirt and not a single one sprouted. I was so looking forward to making pickles with these this year.
Date published: 2017-05-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Little cucumbers I tried these last year for the first time and they were great. Here is what I learned from the first year. I would suggest starting these seeds indoors and not directly in the garden. Secondly, these cucumbers put miles on and constantly travel when planted directly in the soil. I planted them in a raised bed and they spent the whole season growing out and produced very few cucumbers. My neighbor planted 1 plant in a 10 inch pot and placed it in his raised bed on top of the soil. His plants went wild and produced hundreds of cucumbers. It seems that the size of the pot prevented the roots from running wild and put their energy into producing cucumbers. I would also recommend using one of those green multipurpose nets that you get from a home improvement store. The small holes in the plastic net allows the plant to climb and branch out. I am growing again this year with my increased knowledge. As a side note: my father pickled these cucumbers and they are awesome.
Date published: 2017-02-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Notes for Spring 2017 I bought the gherkin plants last year from a local market, and they did very well. This year, the strange Spring weather kept them from doing much. So now, I will be able to do my own!!! But plan to start these indoors, and early. They took a long time to germinate.
Date published: 2016-12-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A cute little burst of taste! I wanted to plant these as a novelty this year as I thought the picture was just the cutest-and they were! Not only cute, but they were tasty sunbursts of crunchy cucumbers with an ever so slight taste of lemon. I took a salad with them featured to a get-together and everyone loved them. Planting from seed, it took a bit longer to germinate than my lemon cucumbers, but once started, they were on the move. Prolific bloomer. A happy plant! I will plant these every year from now on.
Date published: 2016-10-15
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Somewhat disappointing I guess I just didn't know what I was getting. It was a skinny little vine that grew all over my other vegetables, nearly drowning them out. Then the little gherkins were hardly the size of grapes. Their taste was all right, but nothing like what I was expecting. I thought they would be more like a cucumber than a strange tasting little green berry.
Date published: 2016-09-18
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