Gherkin (Cucumis sativus var. angaria)
It comes up well in wide range of soils. Well-drained sandy loam with a pH range of 6.0 to 6.8 is optimum for cultivation of Gherkin.
Warm season crop requiring a moderately high temperature.
About 800 g of seeds are required for a hectare.
Seeds are treated with Trichoderma viride 4 g or Pseudomonas 10 g or Carbendizim 2 g/kg of seeds.
Apply 25 t/ha of FYM during last ploughing and form ridges and furrows one metre apart.
Sow the seeds at 30 cm spacing on sides of the ridges @ two seeds / hill after 15 days of sowing.
Apply N 150 kg, P 75 kg and K 100 kg/ha in 3 equal splits i.e., basal, three and five weeks after sowing.
Earth up the plants 25 days after sowing. Provide support to plants as and when vines start trailing.
Leaf miner, white fly, aphids and thrips can be controlled by spraying Dimethoate 1.5 ml/lit or Malathion 1.5 ml/lit.
Approximately 10 - 12 t/ha can be obtained.