Gherkins are tiny cucumbers used for pickles, and these are the best! Use as small as 1 ½" long for excellent sweet pickles, or for French cornichons ("little horns"). Slice for salads at 3"–4" long. Plants are semi-vining at 24" long and ideal for small garden spaces and containers. Disease resistant. A 2015 All-America Selections winner.
• Botanical Name: Cucumis sativus (hybrid)
• Days to Maturity: 50 days
• Family: Cucurbitaceae
• Native: Southern Asia
• Hardiness: Frost-sensitive annual
• Plant Dimensions: 24" vines
• Variety Information: 'Parisian Gherkin' is a selection from the 1800s French heirloom cucumber, 'Bourbonne'. It is quick to produce small, 2" warty gherkins on compact plants with disease resistance to scab and cucumber mosaic virus, as well as tolerance to powdery mildew. Fruits can also be harvested at 4" for slicing or pickling.
• Type: Gynoecious
• When to Sow Outside: RECOMMENDED. 1 to 2 weeks after your average last frost date, and when soil temperature is at least 60°F, ideally 70°–90°F.
• When to Start Inside: 2 to 4 weeks before average last frost. Cucumbers are sensitive to root disturbance; sow in biodegradable pots.
• Days to Emerge: 5–10 days
• Seed Depth: ½"
• Seed Spacing: A group of 2 seeds every 12"
• Thinning: When 3 leaves, thin to 1 plant every 12"
• Harvesting: Pick, and pick some more! Overly mature cucumbers on the vine will slow production of new cucumbers. Cut the stem rather than pulling at the fruit, as stems are fragile. To increase the quality and storage time, once picked, immediately immerse in cold water to disperse "field heat".