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45-50 days. If you're looking for a great tasting, organic, mini cuke, Picolino is just the ticket. At just 4-5 inches long, the smooth-skinned, dark green fruit are crisp, juicy and mildly sweet. Early to begin production, the compact plants will keep the produce coming for a lengthy harvest. Picolino performs equally well in open fields and greenhouses. PAT. HR: CCa, CCu. IR: CMV, CVYV, PM.
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Customer Reviews

Based on 4 reviews
Great in my tower garden

These cucumbers were recommended to me by my mom for the tower garden (an aeroponic patio garden) and have done beautifully. Plentiful harvest and resistance to powdery mildew is a must living in the Seattle area.

Great little cucumber

I was looking for a "Persian" style cucumber and this turned out to be exactly what I was after. My first sowing grew poorly after being shaded out by tomatoes, but a second sowing in late July provided a prolific harvest in August, September, and October. The cukes are small and tasty with a thin skin that was never bitter. Even my mother - who has never liked cucumbers until she discovered these - loved snacking on them. I grew them outdoors in the Willamette Valley, and some did have an odd shape, likely due to pollination, but most were nice and straight.

Brenda H.
Grows well in coastal northern California

I've grown Picolino twice. Planted 5 seeds early October fall of 2020. 4 sprouted and produced enough to feed 2 with every other day harvest until the cold stunted their growth and the wilted. Cukes were beautiful little cigar shaped.
Planted 5 seeds end of April 2021. Abundant production in the warmer weather with the need to harvest daily. The shape changed with the flower end developing fatter than the stem end. I'm wondering if the shape stays cigar shape without pollination. This in no way affects the flavor.
My only negative comment is they do not store well. The shin skin dulls and they become floppy in 2 days even sealed in container in the fridge. Plan to eat faster or share. I don't know how long the harvest season would have been. We tired of them just as the Marketmores took over their trellis space.

shirley r.

Planted Picolino F1 in my green house where it did wonderfully. Very abundant, heat tolerant. I water daily, and have many blooms with fruit. Ordering again! Hard to find vegetables that can tolerate the heat of a greenhouse well, this one did.

Soil Temp for Germ 65–90°F
Seed Depth ½"
Seed Spacing 4–6/hill
Days to Emergence 4–13
Thin Plants to 1–2/hill
Row Spacing 3–4'
Fertilizer Needs High
Minimum Germination 80%
Seeds per Gram ≈ 25–30
Seed Life 3 years

Cucumis sativus A favorite in cuisine worldwide, cucumbers possess health benefits too numerous to mention. Incorporate cucumbers in your diet to aid with weight loss, as they are exceptionally low in calories (only about 8 calories in 1/2 cup), aid digestion, and rid toxins from the body. Among the more unusual qualities of the humble cuke is its ability to ease skin irritations. Use a piece of cucumber skin to soothe burns.

Days to maturity are calculated from date of direct seeding.

• Cucumbers perform best in fertile, well-drained soil with a pH 5.5-7.0
• Consistent, even watering is critical for best plant growth and fruit development
• Raised beds, plastic mulch, and trellising can improve yields, keep fruit straight and scab free
• Incorporate a shovelful of compost and 1/2 cup TSC's Complete fertilizer per hill

Direct Sowing
• For best germination, keep soil evenly moist but not too wet
• Cover hill with Kozy-Coats, Victorian Bell Cloches, or a row cover to speed up germination
• Thin to the strongest 1-2 plants when first true leaves emerge

• Start indoors in 4 inch pots, 3-4 weeks before anticipated transplant date
• Avoid letting starts get root bound; transplant carefully as to not disturb roots

Pests & Diseases
• Common pests: Striped and spotted cucumber beetles, aphids, squash bugs, stink bugs
• Pest control: Pyrethrin
• Common diseases: See chart below
• Disease prevention: 3-4 year crop rotation, Zonix for Powdery Mildew

Harvest & Storage
• Consistent harvest will keep plants productive
• Store at 45°F and 95% relative humidity
• For pickling, harvest cukes when small, before seeds form

GY | Gynoecious - Has nearly all female flowers.
HE | Hermaphrodite - Flowers contain both male and female reproductive parts.
MO | Monoecious - Has separate male and female flowers on the same plant.
PAT | Parthenocarpic - Has the ability to set fruit without pollination.

HR indicates high resistance.
IR indicates intermediate resistance.
A | Anthracnose*
ACu | Alternaria Leaf Blight
ALS | Angular Leaf Spot
C | Cercospora
CCa | Corynespora Blight & Target Spot
CCu | Scab & Gummosis
CMV | Cucumber Mosaic Virus
CVYV | Cucumber Vein Yellowing Virus

CYSDV | Cucurbit Yellow Stunting Disorder Virus
DM | Downy Mildew
PM | Powdery Mildew
R | Common Rust
S | Scab
TSP | Target Spot
WMV | Watermelon Mosaic Virus
* Numbers indicate specific disease race.

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