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Boston Pickling Cucumber Seeds

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Cucumis sativus
Boston Pickling Improved Cucumber Seeds (57 days)

Was also known as "Green Prolific"

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.

The Boston Pickling cucumber has been around for a long time for good reason, it is the standard for homemade pickles. 

It produces heavy yields of small 6" cucumbers downright perfect for pickling.

It is best to harvest Boston pickling cucumbers for pickles when they are 2" to 6" long.  That way they fit in your jars!!

1883 Joseph Breck & Son seed company of Boston says about Boston Pickling Cucumber...

"Extensively grown by the market gardeners in the vicinity of Boston.  It is very productive and of superior color and quality."

1924 Portland Seed Company catalog says about Boston Pickling Cucumber...
"Color, bright green, and a great producer.  The fruits average 4 to 5 inches in length when large enough for slicing and are of excellent quality, but it is for producing medium sized pickles that this variety is so highly esteemed."


Seed Planting Depth

Seeds per gram

Germination Temperature

Days to Germination

Row Spacing

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100' Row Yield


1/2-1" 35-40 70-85 3-10 36" 12-24" 150 lb. Full

Cucumis sativus

Planting Tips for Heirloom Cucumber:

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.

Seeding Rate for Heirloom Cucumber:

35,000-40,000 plants/acre, 3-4 lb./acre

Heirloom seeds are hardy, but always take care with your garden seeds to give them the appropriate amount of moisture - don't let the vegetable seeds dry out prematurely, and don't overwater and possibly have them rot.


Cucumbers are such refreshing treats in the summer time. You can eat them sliced with salt, in regular salads or in a cucumber salad. This season we have so many different varieties of cucumbers in the field that our employees have been trying many different ways of preparing them. Try this delicious twist on on a cucumber salad.


3 Cucumbers (I used Painted Serpant and bush pickle

1 golden beet 

1 carrot 

5 tablespoons of Plain organic yogurt

fresh dill and parsley 

salt and pepper to taste


1. Slice the cucumbers 

2. Grate carrots and beets 

3. Mix carrots, beets and cucumber together in large bowl

4. Add the yogurt and mix well. 

5. mix in finely chopped parsley and dill

6. Add salt and pepper to taste. 

Then enjoy this refreshing salad on a hot summer afternoon. 

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