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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.

Specialty

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 1 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 3.4 out of 5 by 17.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from really prolific Started these indoors before transplanting. They took off, and have been producing for weeks growing up and along the fence. Wish they were a little better to eat, but they're great novelty crops.
Date published: 2017-07-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Difficult to germinate! I have helped harvest this unique little gem of a vegetable in a friends garden and wanted to grow my own. First set of seeds never came up when sown directly in the garden. The second set were babied in pots and took over three weeks to germinate! It is mid-July and I have my first set of leaves but will most likely run out of time before I pick any of these cute little cucumbers.
Date published: 2017-07-17
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Had Bad Luck Was very disappointed, nothing grew. Will try my second packet next year and hope for better results.
Date published: 2017-07-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The cute little watermelon looking cucumber I like unusual veggies. These mexican sour gherkin were slow to get established, but with their own wire mesh garden spot, they took off and heavily produced fruit. Just had a cucumber salad with cucumber, dill and Mexican gherkins. It was very tasty. Looking forward to pickling some.
Date published: 2017-07-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Beautiful plant but mine aren't producing anything I was so excited to plant these, so unique and different. Mine germinated just fine, they look absolutely beautiful, but there aren't any flowers or fruit. I've gotten a couple little flowers here-and-there, but nothing is happening. I have them in a 20 gallon Smart Pot, and they are trailing up a tomato cage, they are inside a screened area as I can't have a garden in my subdivision. Could this be the problem? They've been growing 11 weeks now, full sun, no wind, soil conditions seem good. Any advice would be much appreciated.
Date published: 2017-07-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hit of the season! My garden will never be without these tiny gems again! Short on space? Get these little guys. They're tiny, you can grow a lot of them in very little soil space. Got lots of room for plants to sprawl? Get these little guys! They will grow like crazy. Super prolific, they just keep coming and coming. And they are A-D-O-R-A-B-L-E! And tasty! Like a cucumber (they aren't actually cucumbers) but more sour and a bit bitter. Awesome right off the vine (for a while I was worried they would never produce enough to actually make it inside... oh how wrong I was!) Great in salads. Fabulous as pickles. They're even great cooked in stir-fry! I seriously cannot sing their praises enough. They're amazing.
Date published: 2017-07-07
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
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