Calypso Pickling Cucumbers: Plant Profile and Growing Tips

Calypso is a compact hybrid pickling cucumber. It was bred for commercial agricultural use, but has become very popular among home growers as well. It is a very productive plant that outproduces most other pickle varieties.

It is also bred for disease resistance and has one of the best resistance and tolerance records of any currently marketed cucumber pickles.

Start seeds indoors 3 – 4 weeks before planting outdoors.

Maturity at 50- – 55 days from Seed Set. Germination 4 – 12 days.

Soil Temperature should be 70 – 80F for best results

Color Dark Green at stem fading gradually to pale green/white near the blossom end.

Plant Spacing 8-12 Inches

Row Spacing 5-6 Ft.

USDA Hardiness Zones 4-12

Fruit Size 3-6 inches Long / 2-3 inches round.  For Pickling it is best to harvest these cucumbers before they reach their full potential size.  It leaves you with pickles the right size for your jars, as well as coaxes the plant to produce more.

Full Sun

Optimal Temperature post germination 70 – 80 F.

This plant is not drought tolerant and needs frequent watering.

Average Yields

For Direct seeding daytime temps should be above 70 but not much higher than 85 F 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 5 to 6 feet apart when they have two to four true leaves

This is a hybrid plant that seeds are either sterile or will not produce plants true to the variety.

For greenhouse or Hydroponic Cucumbers it is best to prune to one central leader on each trellis.