Gherkins are tiny cucumbers used for pickles, and these are the best; seedless, bitter-free, and uniform in shape. Use as small as 1½” long, or up to 4″ for making excellent sweet pickles, French cornichons (“little horns”), or for fresh use. Plants are vining at up to 72″; grow against a trellis or fence for support.
Botanical Name: Cucumis sativus
Days to Maturity: 60 Days
Native: Southern Asia
Hardiness: Frost-sensitive annual
Plant Dimensions: 72″ vines
Variety Information: 'Hokus' is quick to produce small-spined, crunchy cucumbers. 'Hokus' is a parthenocarpic type cucumber that is best when harvested at under 4″.
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 your average last frost date. 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″
Row Spacing: 36″
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”.
This packet sows up to 8 feet of trellised cucumbers. 16 seeds.