Boston Picking Cucumber is a very old (first documented in 1877) reliable pickling cucumber that was “improved” sometime in the 1950s giving it resistance to cucumber mosaic virus and cucumber scale.
Cucumbers have a very high water content, very few calories, lots of fiber, and a whole range of vitamins and minerals. Their hydrating quality is important for healthy skin, and two compounds in them, ascorbic acid and caffeic acid, prevent water retention and explain why sliced cucumbers are often used topically for swollen eyes, burns, and other skin problems. Munching on a cucumber ever day is an easy, cooling way to add both fiber and water to the diet. Studies have also shown that adding foods high in potassium, magnesium and fiber, such as cucumbers, helps keep blood pressure at healthy levels.
Sun: Full Sun
Optimum Soil Ph: 6-7
Days To Maturity: 57
Sowing Method: Outdoors
Soak seeds overnight before planting either individually in rows or hills of 3-6 seeds each. Tighter spacing and higher yields can be achieved through trellising the plants on fences or poles. Continually harvesting will keep the plant producing new fruits.
- Heirloom cucumbers do not like acidic soil!
- Frost tender. Heirloom cucumbers love warm weather.
- To get an earlier heirloom cucumber crop start indoors 3-4 weeks before last frost.
- Heirloom cucumbers are thirsty! Never let them go dry. Heirloom cucumbers are over 95 % water.
- Fertilize heirloom cucumbers with manures BEFORE planting.
- Cucumber beetles are “supposed” to dislike marigolds or wood ashes sprinkled at the base of cucumber vines.