Cucumber Parisian Gherkin F1
2015 AAS Vegetable Award Winner

Parisian Gherkin F1 is an excellent mini or gherkin pickling cucumber which can be picked either at the midget size or small pickle stage and processed. The numerous black spined cucumbers can also be enjoyed fresh in salads and slaws. The crisp cucumbers have a sweet flavor and process into pickles well. The semi vining plants can be planted in the garden or staked patio containers. Plants grow and produce quickly. Parisian Gherkin is one of two organic AAS Winners—a first for this organization!  Very easy to grow disease resistant variety well adapted to container gardens or raised beds.

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AAS Winner Primary Details
Award: AAS Vegetable Award Winner
Award Type: Regional Winner (Northeast, Mountain/Southwest)
Class: Cucumber
Variety Name: Parisian Gherkin F1
Genus: Cucumis
Species: sativus
Year: 2015
Common Name: Cucumber
Type: Vegetables
Breeder: Terra Organics
Close Market Comparison: Artist F1, Pioneer F1
Plant Needs
Duration Type: Annual
Light Needs: Full sun
Water Needs: Dry to Normal
Season Type: Warm Season
Staking Required: NO
Plant Characteristics
Foliage Color: Dark green
Plant Habit: Bushy, Vining
Plant Height: Medium: 10" to 24"
Garden Spacing: 20 to 24 inches
Days To Harvest (Sowing Seed): 50 days
Days To Harvest (Transplant): Not recommended
Fruit Color (Harvest): Medium green
Fruit Shape: Tapered
Fruit Size: 2 to 4 inches
Fruit Weight: 1 to 2 ounces
Fruit Flavor Description: Crisp and sweet
Number Of Fruits Per Plant: 20 to 25
Plant Spread: 24 inches
Disease Resistances or Tolerances: Scab, CMV resistance, PM tolerance
Home Gardener Use
Container: YES
Herb: NO

How to Grow

Cucumbers like to bask in the sun, so choosing a site in full sun is of prime consideration. Soil should be light, fertile and well-drained. Amending the soil with plenty of compost or well-rotted manure will ensure good yields. Check soil drainage before planting, as a soggy garden will promote disease and cut down production.

Seeds should be sown when the soil has warmed up to 70°F. Sow a seed every 6 inches, pushing it into the soil to a depth of 1 inch. Cover with light soil or sand, firm well and keep moist. Seedlings should emerge in about a week. When the plants are 2 inches high, thin them to 1 foot apart. An alternative method is to plant in a series of hills 4 to 5 feet apart. A hill is simply a mound of soil 1 foot in diameter. Start by sowing four or five seeds, then thin to three per hill.

In short summer areas, gardeners may wish to get a jump on the season by starting cucumbers indoors. Plant seeds in individual peat pots or a similar container about two or three weeks before the last frost. Harden the seedlings off for several days before planting out in the garden.

Cucumbers are among the thirstiest of vegetables. The National Garden Bureau recommends long, deep waterings rather than frequent sprinklings. Mulching will repay the gardener’s efforts threefold. Moisture is conserved, soil temperature remains uniform and weed growth is deterred. Once the seedlings have grown a few inches, put down a 3 to 4 inch layer of organic mulch or cover. Cucumbers are heavy feeders. A side dressing of 5-10-10 fertilizer at the time of planting and once a month thereafter is sufficient.

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