Thursday 13 October 2022

In My Seed Box for 2023 - Gherkin


GHERKIN - seeds if kept in ideal conditions should last between 10 - 15 years the same as cucumbers. 

In 2021 I grew a variety that came from Seed Megastore and were called Gherkin - National and cost me 59p for 25 seeds. The shape of the Gherkin they produced were not what I was looking for! They got very fat very quickly and there were not many fruits per plant, so I will not be trying those again in 2023  

I had bought Gherkin Seeds in 2019 from Mr Fothergill's called Cornichon de Paris - 20 Seeds - £2.15 - Sow by 2024, because they are a small variety and can be harvested at about an inch 25mm long 

This is a French heirloom variety which has long been sold in the markets of Paris and used to produce small, crisp pickled 'cornichon' gherkin. Each plant produces numerous fruits that are harvested at approx. 2.5cm(1in) long.

Sow & Grow 

Sow: Indoors, March-April, for surest results, 5nm (¼") deep, on edge, in small pots of compost. Water well and place in a warm position. A temperature of 21-24°C (70-75°F) is ideal. Keep moist. Seedlings usually appear in 7-14 days. 

When plants have developed 3 or 4 leaves, transplant to 120mm (5”) pots and grow on in cooler, but not cold conditions. Gradually accustom young plants to outside conditions (avoid frosts), before planting out 600mm (2') apart, during May-June, into fertile, well-drained soil. 

Sow: outdoors May-June, for ease, where they are to crop. Sow two seeds per position, 5mm (¼") deep, directly into finely prepared, fertile, well-drained soil, which has already been watered. Allow 600mm (2') between rows. When large enough, thin to leave the stronger plant. Harvest: July-October.

Sowing/Planting and Flowering/Harvesting Guide


Key       Sow Indoors       Sow/Plant Outside       Flowers/Harvest

Additional Guidance 

Pick fruits when up to 50mm (2") long for sweetest flavour. Left to grow on, the fruits can be used as slicing 'cues.

Pinch out the growing tip when six leaves have formed to encourage side shoots to form.  

Restina - Lidl - 30 Seeds - 49p Sow by 2024 

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