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National Pickling cucumbers like warm temperatures for germination and growth, but while the weather is cool you can prepare the soil by adding compost and a balanced natural fertilizer. Vines can reach 4 feet in length and produce best when they’re allowed to ramble on the ground, but where space is limited, provide a trellis.
When soil temperatures are 65°F, about 2 weeks after your average last frost date, plant seeds 1 inch deep and 4 inches apart in rows 2 feet apart, in full sun or part shade. Keep moist. Seedlings emerge in 8 to 10 days.
When plants have 3 leaves, thin to 12 inches apart. Mulch heavily to keep soil cool and moist.
Just after they start flowering, cucumber plants need regular, deep watering—at least an inch a week—and a low-nitrgen fertilizer such as liquid kelp every two weeks to keep plants blooming and setting fruit.
Harvest in 60 days or when cucumbers are 2 to 4 inches long, and before there is yellowing at the blossom-end. Cut stems 1/4 inch from the fruit to avoid damaging the vine. Check daily to keep vines well-picked for increased yields.
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