National Pickling Cucumber is an open-pollinated, heirloom with 57 days maturity. Developed to fill your jar completely! Blunt, thick, 6″L slightly tapered, medium dark green fruit with black spines. National Pickling Cucumber holds its quality longer than most varieties. Can be picked at 2-3″ for gherkins, 4″ for slicers or 5-6″ for long robust spears. USES: Fresh Markets, Home Gardens, Processing (CMV, S). Approximately 1,000 seeds per ounce or 16,000 seeds per pound.
Cucumber Reproductive Codes:
GY – Gynoecious cucumbers grow nearly all female flowers. These cultivars produce higher yields of cucumbers than monoecious cultivars. Some of these cultivars have a ratio of about 70 percent female flowers to 30 percent male flowers. Some other cucumber cultivars have no male flowers, and they require pollination from cultivars that produce male flowers. Packets of all-female flower cultivars often contain dyed male seeds for their simple identification, or the male seeds are in a separate packet. Commercial growers often mix gynoecious cultivars with monoecious cultivars at a ratio of about 9 to 1.
MO – A standard cumber cultivar plant is monoecious, which means it contains both female and male flowers. Such cucumber plants do not need another cultivar cucumber plant for pollination. They require bees, other insects or wind, however, to spread their pollen from their male flowers to their female flowers.
PAT – Plants that produce long, seedless cucumbers originated in European greenhouses and are termed parthenocarpic, which means they yield cucumbers without pollination. These cucumber plants must be grown in greenhouses to exclude bees because pollination causes their cucumbers to become misshapen and bitter.
Each seed packet contains approximately 62 seeds. Available from SeedGro, an American brand offering only the best natural, non-GMO, open-pollinated, hybrid, and heirloom untreated seeds.