Piccolo di Parigi is a traditional and popular French variety which can be bought all over France. This plant produces a prolific amount of little, fresh flavoured and spiny gherkins. This variety can be eaten raw sliced or it can be pickled with vinegar and herbs.
juni - september
Indoor sowing: from april
Outdoor sowing: from may
Germination temp.: 20 - 22°C
Germination: 3 - 5 days
Sowing depth: 1 - 1½ cm
Transplanting seedlings: At least 3 weeks after sowing
Plant spacing: 1 m²
Plant position: sunny and sheltered
Days till harvest: 55 - 65
Sow indoors from april in individual pots. Sow 1 - 1½ cm deep in moist soil. Transplant the seedlings outdoors after 2 or 3 weeks, when there's no longer any danger of frosts. Gherkin seedling roots are very fragile, so be careful. Gherkins need a sheltered and sunny spot or put them in a greenhouse.
Sow outdoors from may, when there's no longer any danger of frosts. Pick a sheltered and very sunny spot or put them in a greenhouse. Sow 1 seed about 1 - 1½ cm deep in individual pots. Keep moist and weedfree. Transplant the seedlings to bigger pots, when they're large enough to handle. Be careful with the tender roots.
Harvest the gherkins by cutting of the fruits with a knife. Water them extra during dry spells because they need a lot of water during growth. They can be preserved with vinegar and herbs.