Gherkin (Cucumis Sativus): Essential Condiment



The gherkin is a herbaceous, creeping plant native to western Asia. It is the same family as melon, squash or calabash and is consumed as a condiment.

Cultivation of the Gherkin (Cucumis sativus) in the garden

In reality, the pickle is a cucumber picked very small!

The gherkins are kept in the vinegar: the small ones are more crunchy and more presentable than the big ones: take care to watch their fast growth during the picking!

  • Family: cucurbit
  • Type: annual
  • Origin: Western Asia
  • sowing: March to May
  • Planting: May to July
  • Harvest: July to October

Soil and ideal exposure for gherkin cultivation

The soil must be moist, well-drained, deep and loose, warming quickly, giving a very sunny exposure because the gherkins are very sensitive to cold.

Sowing, planting and transplanting gherkins

The gherkin is sown in March or April in buckets, per 3 or 4-seeded poop under frame or inside, the ideal temperature being 21° C. One month later, when the plants are about fifteen centimeters, you can transplant by spacing the 40 cm pickles on the same line and leaving 1 m between each line.

Advice of maintenance and cultivation of the pickle in the vegetable garden

The gherkin is not pruned, but hoeing and weeding are required. Watering should be regular especially in summer but without excess, and not on the leaves.

Harvesting, conservation and use of the pickle

Gherkins should be picked regularly because they grow very quickly.

Cultivation of the Gherkin (Cucumis sativus) in the garden

Diseases, pests and parasites of pickles

White flies, red spiders, black aphids, slugs, snails, mildew, powdery mildew.

Favorable combination of pickle with other vegetables

Cabbage, radish, onion, celery, lettuce, peas.

Unfavorable combination of pickle

Potato and tomato

Selections have gradually accentuated the characteristics of gherkin compared to cucumber. We will advise the Green little Paris where the End of Meaux.


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