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West Indian Gherkin Cucumber (65 days, Heirloom)

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

Planting:

Germ 6-10 Days

Indoors- Individual biodegradable peat/cowpots 1/2” deep, 3-4 weeks before last frost with soil temperature 70 degrees. Transplant after last frost without disturbing the roots

Outdoors- 1/2” deep after last frost in warm soil at least 70 degrees

Harvest- Pick daily to keep the harvest flowing.

Tips- Plant in fertile soil amended with compost. Mulch and keep well watered. Trellising the vines allows for good air circulation and takes less space than hills and provides shade for heat sensitive crops like lettuce.

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  • 2018
BB
07/01/2019
Bev B.
United States

All order review

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.

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04/09/2019
Mark

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.

CA
06/16/2018
Chris A.
United States

Purchased seeds

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

PW
09/29/2017
Paul Wood

Maxixe

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