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Boston Pickling Improved Cucumber
'Boston Pickling Improved' cucumber.
Boston Pickling Improved Cucumber
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Boston Pickling Improved

55 days — An improved version of the original 'Boston Pickling' cucumber, it is a dependable variety that bears over a long period of time if kept picked. The plants have blocky, bright green fruits that, as its name implies, are perfect for pickling.

'Boston Pickling' was originally released in 1880 by Wood and Sons.[1] This improved strain is resistant to cucumber mosaic virus and cucumber scale. Each packet contains one gram, which is approximately 25 to 30 seeds.

Informational Resources:
  1. "Vegetable Cultivar Descriptions for North America - Cucumber (A-I), Lists 1-27 Combined, " Edited by Todd C. Wehner, Department of Horticulture, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC.
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I was surprised to find that even the overripe fruit of this cucumber was tender and tasty. Remove the seeds and skin and you would never tell it once was a yellow blimp. Makes tasty pickles at any size. Compact, well-mannered vines need staking, but little room to grow. I planted mine 6" apart and they did fine. One six foot row gave me about 12 pints of pickles. These cucumbers also have a lovely fragrance. I did have mildew trouble and they didn't survive frost at all. The fruit is painfully spiny and should be harvested with leather gloves. The spines rub off after about a day in the fridge. Some fruits were comma-shaped; the stem ends didn't develop at all. I'm not sure if this is common among cucumbers, since I haven't grown them successfully before. All-in-all I will grow these again, but I would like to find a variety less spiny.
Reviewed by: Paula Beach from Michigan. on 1/28/2015
Great producer - nice taste
I am growing three types of cukes this year - a miniature white, a bush crop, and this one. This Boston was the first one producing and kicks out cukes on a regular schedule. I particularly like this one because it doesn't produce cukes all at once, just a few at a time. Here in the desert I am growing it in 80% shade and it is very healthy and non-stressed (this is July, our hottest month). I have it mulched and it doesn't take a lot of water and although vining, it doesn't send out laterals all over the place. Only wind pollination. Very pleased with the taste. I just slice it up and use them for refrigerator pickles. Holds together very nicely.
Reviewed by: Davilyn Eversz from Yucca Valley, CA. on 7/20/2013
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