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Cucumber, Picklebush

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White-spined fruits have classic pickle look, deep green with paler stripes.

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Burpee bred Picklebush has unbelievably compact vines that get only 2' long. White-spined fruits have classic pickle look, deep green with paler stripes. Up to 4 1/2" long, 1 1/2" across at maturity but use them at any size. Very productive and tolerant to powdery mildew and Cucumber mosaic virus.
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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.

Pickling

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

52 days

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

4 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.

24 inches

Height The typical height of this product at maturity.

6-8 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
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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
Pickling
Days To Maturity
52 days
Fruit Size
4 inches
Sun
Full Sun
Spread
24 inches
Height
6-8 inches
Sow Method
Direct Sow
Planting Time
Spring, Summer
Sow Time
After Last Frost
Thin
24 inches
Cucumber, Picklebush is rated 3.6 out of 5 by 42.
Rated 1 out of 5 by from di not grow beyond 4-5 inches I bought these at Home depot along with another pickling seed pack that grew quite well. This pickle bush did not grow beyond 4-5" in any of the three pots I had them in. Many yellow flowers and that's all. Would not try again with this.
Date published: 2017-08-28
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Cucumber, Picklebush I am having a problem with all cakes that I seem to have all male blossoms. Last year I pollenated with a small paint brush but this year I d not have many female blossoms. Any suggestions? thank you...
Date published: 2017-08-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Heavy producer Every seed planted germinated. The description said the vines grew to 2 feet. I expected this to be more like a bush, but each plant has about 12 vines, which are each close to 4 feet, and still growing! I finally had to put in a trellis, because I was unable to see many of the cucumbers, until they got really big. Even the big ones have been very tasty. I highly recommend.
Date published: 2017-08-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Did well in 12" Pots These cucs started off slow but ended up doing really well for us! 4-5" fruits and loads of blossoms. Will buy again!
Date published: 2017-08-03
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not right for me, but might be for you! 'Super compact' is certainly right! I thought two feet sounded about perfect for me to sit and tend the vines, but they haven't gotten anywhere NEAR that tall. Most of them are right around 7-8 inches tall, just barely tall enough to cling to the first 'rung' of my lattice. In fact they are SO compact, that my pollinators (mostly larger bumblebees) have trouble getting to/into the flowers, so I get only partially pollinated cukes, leading to funky little cucumber 'globes' instead of pretty little 'pickle' shapes... and they're mostly white, because they get little sun through the solid mat of leaves. For my first year having a 'real', in-the-ground garden, they were rather disappointing. That said, for someone who is really limited on space - an apartment balcony, or even inside under grow lights - these guys would be a great option for actually being able to have some fresh cucumbers for salads or even enough for making your own pickles without needing insane amounts of soil and trellis space. For their size, they put out an amazing amount of fruit. Be prepared to hand pollinate, though.
Date published: 2017-07-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from EXCELLENT Amazing taste. Would recommend. You will keep coming back for more. Very juicy. The only draw back is short life span and Had to Hand Pollinate the flowers due to not enough bees.
Date published: 2017-06-28
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Just flowers no fruit I planted seeds in the ground and in a container they look great many flowers but they don't become cucumbers is there something missing I use potting soil I am very frustrated I have been gardening since I was a child and I'm 72 now where's the cukes?
Date published: 2017-05-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good producer but with issues Growing my second season of these now in Florida. Both times nearly 95% of the seeds sprout, grow to about four inches then stop growing for about two or three weeks then grow to the 2' length fast and produce heavily. Eventually I lost my crop last season to pickle worm infestation and only had minor case of powdery mildew on some plans. Overall a amazing tasting and pickle cucumber.
Date published: 2016-09-14
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