Small, neat cucumbers have always attracted the attention of gardeners. It is customary to call them gherkins, the length of such cucumbers does not exceed 12 cm. The choice of the farmer, breeders suggested many gherkin varieties. Among them, the cucumber "Parisian Gherkin" has won particular popularity. Compared to analogues, it has a high yield and an amazing taste of a vegetable. It is not at all difficult to grow this variety on your land plot, however, compliance with some cultivation rules is mandatory in order to obtain a rich harvest.
Description of the variety
In order to understand the characteristics of the variety, a description of the Parisian gherkin should be given:
- bee-pollinated variety, preferable for growing in open areas or in greenhouses with access for insects;
- ripening of cucumbers of this variety begins within 40-45 days after sowing the seed in the ground;
- the predominant female type of flowering gives the variety a high yield up to 4 kg / m2;
- the taste of cucumbers is excellent, the pulp is juicy, crispy, quite dense;
- cucumbers do not contain bitterness;
- the average parameters of a cucumber are: length 10 cm, weight 85 g;
- bush plant, with an average length of the whip;
- the variety is drought resistant;
- cucumber is resistant to cladosporium disease, a mosaic virus.
Important! When growing cucumbers "Parisian gherkin" in a greenhouse, it is recommended to resort to artificial pollination. This will allow you to get the maximum harvest with high marketability and taste.
You can learn more about the features of growing gherkins in a greenhouse in the video:
The external qualities of the cucumber "Parisian gherkin" can be assessed by looking at the photo below.
The "Parisian Gherkin" variety is included in the national State Register and is considered zoned for the Central Region. However, numerous reviews of the "Parisian Gherkin" cucumber claim that it can be successfully grown in more severe climatic conditions.
Seed sowing methods
Cucumber seeds "Parisian Gherkin" can be sown directly into the ground or on seedlings. For sowing directly into the ground, glazed seeds are recommended, which in production have been treated with disinfecting agents and growth activators. Their germination rate is close to 100% and the onset of the fruiting period will not be delayed. In this case, the manufacturer has established the recommended terms for sowing the seed into the ground:
- the first week of May is perfect for sowing seed in a greenhouse;
- on beds with temporary polyethylene shelter, seeds should be sown in mid-May;
- for sowing on open beds, the last week of May is best suited.
Important! The times given are for the Central Region and may vary depending on weather conditions.
In the absence of industrial seed treatment, it is preferable to germinate and sow seedlings at home. You can pre-disinfect the seeds of cucumbers by soaking in a weak saline or manganese solution. When sowing, full-weight, filled seeds are used.
The seedling growth process can be accelerated by germinating the seed. For this, the seeds are placed in a moist, warm (270C) Wednesday. The hatched seeds are embedded in the nutrient soil, which is in special containers. The dimensions of the container must be at least 8 cm in diameter. This will allow the plant's root system to develop fully. It is imperative to provide drainage holes in containers.
Growing cucumber seedlings should be placed in a lighted area. The optimal temperature for its growth is 220C. When 2-3 cucumber leaves appear, the seedlings can be dived into the ground.
Features of cultivation
"Parisian gherkin" is represented by a fairly bushy plant, with developed lateral lashes. In order for the leaves and ovaries to receive the required amount of light during the growth process, it is necessary to adhere to the scheme when sowing the plant in the ground: no more than 4 bushes per 1 m2 land. In a greenhouse, the number of plants per 1 m2 should not exceed 3 bushes. Cucumber bushes of the "Parisian Gherkin" variety need a garter. In the photo you can see one of the methods of tying cucumbers.
The plant is quite unpretentious, it only needs regular watering and feeding. It is recommended to feed the cucumbers of the Parisian Gherkin variety twice before the onset of the fruiting period.
Advice! To prepare fertilizer for 5 liters of water, it is necessary to add superphosphate, sulfate and urea (half a tablespoon of each component). This amount of solution is sufficient to irrigate 1 m2 of land.
The high resistance of the cucumber variety to common diseases makes it possible to refuse from spraying the plant with chemicals during the growth process. This makes the harvest of cucumbers as clean as possible from an environmental point of view.
The cucumber variety "Parisian Gherkin" has an excellent characteristic: the plant's bush is unpretentious and resistant to a number of diseases and unfavorable conditions. Cucumbers have excellent taste and crunch. Small neat vegetables are good fresh and salted. Having decided to grow gherkins, every gardener should definitely pay attention to this amazing variety.
Valentin Ostapenko, 56 years old, Yaroslavl
I have been working on the garden for a long time and, of course, I grow various vegetables on the ground, including cucumbers. Several years ago I tried the Parisian Gherkin variety. I do not like large overripe cucumbers, so this variety pleased me: vegetables do not overripe, even if they are picked late. Delicious, crispy cucumbers delight the whole family, especially grandchildren, who really enjoy the sweet little gherkin.