National Pickling Cucumber Seeds

(P) Pkt of 30 seeds
Item #05510-PK-P1


Pick them as small as 2 inches for gherkins, or let them grow to 4 inches for slicers

Days to Maturity: 52

If Peter picked a peck of National Pickles . . . Welcome to the best heirloom cucumber we've tried yet. Developed decades ago by the National Pickle Packers Association in conjunction with the Michigan Agriculture Experiment Station, this is the pickle that perfectly fills every jar with its thick tips and crisp, delectable flavor.

Pickle packers requested a cucumber that would not have tapered ends, so that every pickle jar could be more completely filled, giving consumers an extra bite or two of goodness from every cuke. The result was National Pickling Cucumber, and it exceeded their expectations. Blunt, thick cukes up to 6 inches long are only slightly tapered at the ends.

Dark green with black spines, these cukes are delicious at any age. Pick them at 2 to 3 inches for gherkins, or at 4 inches for fresh eating as slicers. Or let them mature to full size (1¼ pounds on average). They deliver heavy yields all season long, not to mention good resistance to scab and cucumber mosaic virus.

The pickle packers of yesteryear got it right. National Pickling is a fantastic all-around cucumber, and one that will be a star in your vegetable patch. Plan a place of honor for it today, and begin growing the cuke that has stood the test of time.

Resists: CMV/S


Skip Product Specs
Genus Cucumis
Species sativus
Variety National Pickling
Item Form (P) Pkt of 30 seeds
Days to Maturity 52
Fruit Color Green
Habit Upright
Seeds Per Pack 30
Plant Width 3 ft - 4 ft
Additional Characteristics Edible, Heirloom
Harvest Season Early Summer, Late Spring, Late Summer, Mid Summer
Light Requirements Full Sun
Moisture Requirements Moist,  well-drained
Soil Tolerance Normal,  loamy
Uses Beds, Cuisine, Outdoor

Product Review Summary

Based on 5 reviews
The average rating for this product is 4.5 out of 5 stars
Overall Rating: 4.5/5.0

Customer Reviews

February 10, 2019

I am pickled by the results

This shopper rated the product 4 out of 5 stars

Seeds germinate well, plants grow well, but all develop a yellow color as they start getting near mature size. I don't mind the color, but a bit of a surprise to offer people a yellow pickle!

Chuck O'Brien from CA
July 29, 2018


This shopper rated the product 5 out of 5 stars

Small pickling sized cucumbers ready to pick very early in the season. Tolerated partial sun, a wet season, and withstood multiple attacks by pests. Transplanted without a fuss.

sj.gagli from PA
July 11, 2016

great cucumbers

This shopper rated the product 5 out of 5 stars

I grow a garden every year and sell at the local farmers market. People line up for the cucumbers that I grow. Thanks Park Seed. Only down fall, you have to plant them far apart or they will grow together and you cant see where to step to pick produce.

K Wells from KY
February 02, 2013

Great germination

This shopper rated the product 3 out of 5 stars

Every single one germinated and grew well. Fairly good yield until it got too hot for them (and everything else). Only complaint is many of them became fat and stubby, not they way I like for pickling. Not very good flavor for eating raw, but I guess that is not what this kind was bred for

tracey from NE
August 01, 2012

Best Pickler PERIOD!

This shopper rated the product 5 out of 5 stars

Tried these this year for making pickles. I started 25 seeds indoors and all but one germinated in less than a week. I hardened them off for a couple days outside (which as it turned out was not long enough) and then planted them in about a 50' foot row. Well a heat wave came immediately thereafter and killed a couple despite my best efforts of watering and care. The rest all had spots of bleaching on leaves and stems (should have hardened off longer before planting). So those that didn't die entirely seemed stunted and bleached and didnt grow at all....for about 7-10 days. And then they TOOK OFF! In my heavy clay, virgin soil, no less, that I just reclaimed from a back field behind the house this year for a garden. They grew nearly two feet tall straight up with very thick and hearty stems before finally falling over and vining. I built some trellises for them shortly thereafter which turned out to be a smart idea as these are EXTREMELY HEAVY yielding. I tried to fill in the patches in the row where a couple

Andrew from OH

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