An excellent mini or gherkin pickling cucumber which can be picked either at the midget size or small pickle stage. The numerous black spined cucumbers can also be enjoyed fresh in salads and slaws. The crisp cucumbers have a sweet flavour and process into pickles well. The semi vining plants can be planted in the garden or staked patio containers. A very easy to grow disease resistant variety!
Seed outdoors as soon as danger of frost has past in your area. Cover seed lightly with soil, 3 – 4 seeds together in groups. Space groupings 120 cm (4 ft) apart. For earlier Cucumbers start indoors 2 to 3 weeks in advance of intended date for moving the plants to the garden. Use Jiffy pots so the container and roots can be buried without disturbing the root system. Also make sure the pot is wet when transplanting. Sow 2 seeds per pot and do not thin. Germinates best at 22 C (72 F) in 7 to 10 days. Fertilize for the first 3 weeks with 10-52-17 formula. Cucumbers are good for dills when 5 cm (2 in) long and excellent for slicing when full grown. This variety is best grown on a fence or trellis as it is a vine type. Excellent space saver when grown this way.
Growing Cucumbers (printable file – link will open in a new tab)