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West India Gherkin Cucumber (Heirloom, 65 days)

Heirloom 1793. Although this variety has been sold in the US since the early 1800’s, we suspect it will appear unique to most home gardeners. The leaves don’t resemble cucumber leaves at all; they look like watermelon leaves. Vines are long and bear multitudes of small oval fruit which are exceptionally spiny. Used for unusual and good tasting pickles, they will also add a bit of a surprise to a salad.  

 25 seeds


Cucumis anguria

Germination: 4-10 days

Germination Temperature: Optimum soil temperatures 70-85ºF

Seed Sowing Depth: 1/2-1" deep

Sowing Indoors: 3-4 weeks before last frost. Provide 70-85ºF soil temperature. Sow 2-3 seeds per cell/pot. Sowing into individual biodegradable peat/cow pots reduces root damage when transplanting. Transplant 36-48" apart after last frost. 

Sowing Outdoors: Sow after last frost when soil temperature is over 70ºF. Sow a few seeds every 36-48". 

Harvest: Check and pick every day to keep the harvest flowing.

Tips: Plant in fertile soil, amended with compost or well rotted manure and keep well watered. Trellising the vines allows for good air circulation, takes up less space and provides shade for heat sensitive crops like lettuce. They benefit from growing on black plastic and by using row covers for weed, insect control, and more rapid growth.

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Bev B.
United States United States
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Sorry, Planted all crops. Got sick so nothing got water in 100+ heat. No garden this year. Only thing growing is Russet Burbank Potatoes, way to early to tell how big they will be. 1 Tom Watson Watermelon came up in wild sunflower patch- getting water from neighbors broken pipe.. Planted West indian Gherkin cucumber, Poona Kheera Cucumber, Nantes Carrot, Peppers: Jimmy Nardelio, Feher Ozon Paprika Pepper, Black Hungarian Pepper, Bulls blood beet, Crosby Egyptian Beet. Dragons Egg Cucumber, Marketmore Cucumber Which did not grow.

One of my favorite crops of 2018

I grew these in 2018 in a less-than-ideal spot. They tasted great, had a long shelf-life, and produced all season long. They are great fresh or cooked.

Chris A.
United States
Purchased seeds

Hold your horses, I have not planted these items yet.

Paul W.

Known of as Maxixe in Brazil. Grows well in Central Texas. Pickles are delicious and unique looking.