Saturday, 4 November 2017

In My Seed Box - Gherkin


GHERKIN - Piccolo Di Parigi - Second year growing Gherkins and only because my sister loves them so I'm waiting to see how she liked the ones I pickled for her in 2017 but have bought some new seed anyway.

A traditional French Cornichon pickler / gherkin seen in every French market. Huge quantities of tiny crisp spiny skinned cukes are produced from early in the season. Ideal whole / sliced or for pickling. 61 days from germination. Best sown under cover (protected / heated) from Mid spring, 3-4 seeds 1in deep in a 3in pot in good compost, and thin later to the best one or two plants per clump. (These will not germinate in cold / damp conditions, use a propagator or warm draft free windowsill). Cucumbers germinate and grow best when summer really gets going, and will not appreciate being planted out too early unless protected with fleece.


  • Transplant no later than 3 weeks after seeding as cucumbers have a tap root that can be easily damaged.
  • To avoid bitterness, keep plants evenly moist at all times. Can be trained on a trellis to save space or left to roam.
  • Cut fruits regularly to encourage long continuous production.

I've purchased a new supply of seeds for Premier Seed Direct for 99p for 50 Seeds including Free delivery

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