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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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Days To Maturity

52 days

Fruit Size

4 inches


Full Sun


24 inches


6-8 inches

Sow Method

Direct Sow

Planting Time

Spring, Summer

Sow Time

After Last Frost


24 inches

Life Cycle


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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.
  • Days To Maturity
    52 days
    Fruit Size
    4 inches
    Full Sun
    24 inches
    6-8 inches
    Sow Method
    Direct Sow
    Planting Time
    Spring, Summer
    Sow Time
    After Last Frost
    24 inches
    Life Cycle
  • Cucumber, Picklebush is rated 3.6875 out of 5 by 32.
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Germinated well, did not grow after planted I was looking forward to picking my own Picklebush cucumbers this year instead of buying them from sources unfamiliar to me. These germinated beautifully, I let them grow a bit in pots to make them strong to fend off the nasty cucumber beetle. They did not do well at all, they grew no bigger than 2 feet and produced only 4 cucumbers before they a suddenly died. I planted regular sized cucumbers and they have been producing for over a month many I have been giving them away..some have reached to an amazing 2ft long..I don't know what happened but I won't be making any homemade pickles this year..I'm not sure if I will try these again next year...
    Date published: 2015-07-30
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from plentiful cucumbers this was my first year planting these cucumbers & i wil never plant any other kind. there were almost too many to harvest. they can be eaten like any other cucumber but i was able to make a number of pickle jars full & both were superb. if you like pickles/cucumbers, this is the one to try!l
    Date published: 2014-09-05
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome cucumbers I grew a variety of cucumbers this year. The picklebush plants were impressive -- compact vines with flowers lining every inch! I picked daily until vacation because we liked the small gherkin-sized cukes that grew all along the vines. Went on vacation and came back to huge 5" kosher deli style cucumbers that were NOT bitter! This variety is a winner! I'll be growing them again.
    Date published: 2014-08-19
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very productive I had good germination and great production. I grew them in a raised bed and the compact nature worked well. I pickled them and they turned out great.
    Date published: 2014-05-30
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from 92% germination Started these indoors about 2 weeks ago. 22 of the 24 seeds planted germinated. Planted 2 seeds per pot and 2 of the pots only have 1 plant. All averaging 1" tall with 2 half inch leaves each. Seems to be going well so far.
    Date published: 2014-04-25
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Picklebush Terrible germination, both indoor and out. The few (4) that did germinate grew two very small secondary leaves and have been like that for 6 weeks. Absolutely no sign of growth. I would rate it zero starts if I could. I am not an inexperienced gardener, by the way.
    Date published: 2014-04-17
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from BITTER Not the best. In fact. The worst tasting cucumber I have ever had. Tried to hide the bitterness by pickleing , but it was still there. Many times, a pickle cucumber can be used in a salad. This was so bad, you need to spit it out.
    Date published: 2013-10-05
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good prolific cucumber I used raised garden beds for my small garden and these seeds had a good germination rate, over 75%. The plants produced many cucumbers in spite of neglect. My drip irrigation broke in the early summer and I never got around to fixing it, so the plants were frequently under watered. I would buy them to plant again next spring.
    Date published: 2013-09-12
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