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National Pickling Cucumber


National Pickling Cucumber is the standard pickling cucumber variety developed by the National Pickle Packers Association. An heirloom that’s crisp, crunchy and productive for many harvests. Monoecious variety. Seed garden label included in seed pack.  Cucumis sativus. 60 days to maturity.

50 seeds per packet


Be sure to check out our Cucumber Growing Guide to learn more about how you can successfully grow cucumbers at home.

National Pickling Cucumber was developed many decades ago by the National Pickle Packers Association as the standard cucumber variety for pickling. This open-pollinated, heirloom variety produces heavy yields of blunt, thick cucumbers that are dark green with black spines. The ends are slightly tapered so that they fit and pack into a pickle jar extremely well. This is a prolific variety with continued production and many harvests throughout the growing season. National Pickling Cucumber can be harvested at 2-3" for gherkin-style pickles, or allowed to reach 4-5" for fresh eating. At their peak quality and size, cucumbers are about 6" long. This is a great variety for making cucumber salads or fresh vegetable trays, but it is known for the high-quality pickles that can be made with them. Slice them to make traditional hamburger chip pickles, or quarter them to make delicious pickle spears that fit perfectly into a jar.

Cucumbers perform best when direct seeded. They do not perform well when transplanted. Cucumbers may be direct-seeded by hand or with a walk-behind seeder. To obtain a good stand of plants, we suggest planting Seeds every 6-8" inches and thinning to one seed per foot. Cucumbers are a vining plant and grow best when provided a trellised structure to climb. Use a strong trellis that is well-supported with deeply driven stakes. Keeping plants off the ground will reduce the potential of plant diseases like mildews and other diseases that can result from excess plant moisture. Trellising will also keep the fruits cleaner and save time with harvest and processing, in addition to reducing fruit discoloration or yellowing from sitting on the soil surface.

Seed garden label included in seed pack.


National Pickling Cucumber Planting Information

Planting Method: direct seed

When to Plant: after last frost

Planting Depth: 1/2"

Seed Spacing: 12"

Row Spacing: 5-6'

Days to Maturity: 60

Disease Resistance: Scab, Cucumber Mosaic Virus

Customer Reviews

Based on 6 reviews

Order was processed quickly and I received quickly. I am just waiting on right time to plant.

Two years now

Excellent producer! Tasty fresh eating. The pickles I made last year didn’t last to thanksgiving. I will keep planting these. Definitely recommend to others.

Eugene Martin
5 out of 5

Can't wait to get these in the ground. Just moved them into a bigger pot.

Stephen Clay McGehee
5 out of 5

1) More seeds per pack than from other sources I've tried. 2) Each packet of seeds has a plant marker with the variety. That might be a little thing to some folks, but to me, it's a major improvement in seed packets. I've never seen that done before. Hoss Tools finds ways to innovate where others are satisfied with the status quo. Excellent job!

5 out of 5

Can’t wait to try these