The original Bush Pickle is an heirloom, but there are also hybrid variations with similar characteristics and qualities.
As a rule of thumb hybrids are generally bred for qualities such as increased disease resistance, but are generally not suitable for seed saving.
The Bush Pickle Cucumber is a quickly maturing miniature cucumber plant that does not take up much space, it does not send out sprawling vines like most of its cousins the vining cucumbers. It also produces an abundance of small stubby 4-6" cucumbers best suited for pickling. Although best suited for pickling they are also great fresh in salads and sandwiches.
Maturity 45 to 55 Days
Soil Temperature should be 70 - 90 F for best results
Color Medium to Light Green
Compact Short Vines - Trellising or supports are generally not needed
* Seed Spacing 4-6 inches
Plant Spacing 36 to 48 inches
Row Spacing 3-5 Ft.
USDA Hardiness Zones 3 - 14
Fruit Size 4 - 6 inches Long
Optimal Temperature post germination 70 - 90 F.
This plant is not drought tolerant and needs frequent watering.
Well Above Average Yields by Quantity. Slightly Above Average Yields by Weight.
For Direct seeding daytime temps should be above 70 but not much higher than 85 F. Sow at least a week following the last frost. * You may need to thin out some of the weaker plants as they begin to develop.
Plant cucumber seeds 1/2 to 1 inch deep and thin the seedlings to one plant every 12 inches in the row or to three cucumber plants every 36 inches in the hill system.
Plant cucumber transplants 1 to 2 feet apart in rows 3 to 5 feet apart when they have two to four true leaves.
For greenhouse or Hydroponic Cucumbers it is best to prune to one central leader on each trellis.