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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.


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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Container Vegetables - Cucumbers
Container Vegetables - Cucumbers
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  • 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

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.
Days To Maturity
60-70 days
Fruit Size
1 inches
Full Sun
36-42 inches
12 inches
Sow Method
Direct Sow
Planting Time
Spring, Summer
Sow Time
After Last Frost
36 inches
Cucumber, Mexican Sour Gherkin is rated 2.9 out of 5 by 39.
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Only 5 seeds My seed packet clearly says 30 seeds but only 5 seeds were in the packet. I planted all 5 and only 2 have sprouted so far, I hope they produce well.
Date published: 2019-06-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Why so few seeds in the packet? I read the reviews before I bought these seeds, and saw that many people had difficulty with germination. I resolved to plant heavily to compensate for this issue. But wow! What an unpleasant surprise. A $4.19 packet contained exactly SEVEN seeds. I can understand when new hybrid packets ship with low seed numbers, because money and effort went into their development. But mexican cucumber seeds are entirely ordinary. A single fruit contains way more than 7 seeds, and my local nursery sells the plants for $1.49 each. I guess I made a mistake buying the seeds instead of the plants!
Date published: 2019-05-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from 100% Germination Rate / Slow Production The seed I got from Burpee was excellent - started fourteen plants during the winter inside under lights in peat pots and had a 100% germination rate. Upon transplanting to raised beds in the garden, our potent high altitude (Northern Utah) sun tended to beat them into submission for nearly a month with little to no growth. Once the zucchini on the other side of the row started to shade the roots a bit, these plants took off and have now reached the top center of a 7-foot cattle panel arch. The vines are small, spindly and delicate. They have a very weedy looking appearance overall, and if you don't trellis these plants searching for the fruit is a task you're not going to want to deal with. Overall, the flavor is great - I love the extra sour aspect and my kids love the small size. But given the light yield of fruit to space in the garden, I'm not sure if I'd grow these next year. Late in the season and they've only produced two quarts of fruit among 14 plants.
Date published: 2018-08-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Big taste from a tiny fruit I bought seeds 2016 early 2017 but did not do a garden so the seeds sat in the veggie compartment of the refrigerator until this year. I seeded some in grow cups which later were transferred to the in ground garden; planted some directly into cloth grow bags. So very pleased with the results. The in ground ones are just now starting to put out fruit. The ones planted in the cloth grow bags are really producing. My only regret is not growing these tasty morsels sooner.
Date published: 2018-08-08
Rated 2 out of 5 by from No blooms or fruit I sowed seeds outside in a large pot mid May as our winter was unusually long. They have grown like crazy but no production of fruit. Our summer has been unusually hot very early so I don’t know if that is a problem. I’m in area 7b. Please advise.
Date published: 2018-07-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I am amazed I saw the Mexican Gherkins while rummaging through the internet and wondered if I can grow them. I started late (I Think) but I used those little jiffy greenhouses to start my seedlings. All 4 peat pots started them and they were so tiny and delicate I was afraid of when I would have to transplant them to pots. I use Fabric pots and a trellis, on one side I have sugar babies and the other the Cucamelons. Being in Long Island NY, Zone7 I was worried they would fail. They started up okay and I was trying to guide them on the trellis and it seemed they weren't growing. A few days later a few almost reached the top of the trellis. Looking throughout the plant I can see teeny tiny Cucamelons starting to grow. They look like little green kings with a yellow crown, really , really cute. I have seen many bad reviews and am so sorry to hear that. My plants tend to be in full sun most of the day and I think that is key. I would have put 5 stars but I haven't had the fruit yet. I expect them though since the growth is amazing so far.
Date published: 2018-07-17
Rated 1 out of 5 by from NA I have bought these seeds 2 yrs in a row with not 1 plant even coming up. Will not buy again.
Date published: 2018-06-13
Rated 1 out of 5 by from bsd seed?? not one sprouted. did all my cucumbers at the same time the same way. the other varieties sprouted (at a rate of about 8 out of 10). but not one of the Mexican Sour Gherkin! I was so looking forward to trying these!
Date published: 2018-06-12
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