Cucumber Plants

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  1. Topsy Turvy Cucumbers
  2. Wilting Cucumber Leaves in Upside Down Pot
  3. Cucumbers for Pickling
  4. Bitter Cucumbers
  5. Yellow Cucumbers
  6. Cukes
  7. White/Yellow Scaley Appearance on Cucumber Foliage
Asked by Anonymous on July 6, 2011
Topsy Turvy Cucumbers

We’ve never tried growing any vegetables and received a Topsy Turvy as a gift. We chose cucumbers and purchased two small pot tray pots from Lowe’s, each with 4-5 vines coming from soil. We used Miracle Gro soil in the planter. We were told that we could put all these in one Topsy Turvy, but seems to me that with 9 or so plants it’s too much. It’s been 2-3 weeks and the plant is growing like crazy. Do I need to pull out a couple of these stems/plants or leave it be?

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

You would plant them like you would tomato plants, so only one (maybe 2) plants per planter.

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Asked by Anonymous on July 7, 2011
Wilting Cucumber Leaves in Upside Down Pot

I am growing cucumbers in a Topsy Turvy. I planted two seedlings in one planter. All was well. Both are bearing fruit. Both are healthy. We had a slow start to the summer with a lot of rain and cool weather. Now it is dry and hot. I have been keeping it well watered in the morning. Each morning it looks beautiful, but by 11 am and in 80 degree weather, all of the leaves are wilted. It is in full sun, as I know cukes like full sun. I am wondering if the soil inside the Topsy Turvy just gets too hot and the roots don’t like it so hot. It seems to recover at day’s end and is fine over night. Should I try to cover the ‘pot’ with reflective paper or something to shade it from the hot sun? Help please!

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

They are wilting due to heat stress. In containers they need more water than those planted in the ground, especially when temps rise above 85 F. You should be watering them at least twice a day, as the container tends to dry our much faster, leading to the heat stress you are seeing. You can shade the area, if desired, or simply move the plants to another location during the hottest part of the day.

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Asked by Anonymous on July 8, 2011
Cucumbers for Pickling

I’m growing picklebush and other hybrid small cucumbers for pickling later this summer. Some of the picklebush cucumbers are now ready to be harvested. How do I preserve them until the rest of the cucumbers are ready to harvest? This should be in about eight weeks.

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

Unfortunately, you cannot keep them that long. Cucumbers will only store for up to a week at the most in the refrigerator.

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Asked by Anonymous on July 8, 2011
Bitter Cucumbers

If cucumbers are getting bitter, can you still make pickles? Will pickles be bitter?

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

If the pickles are already bitter tasting, then the pickles will most likely be a bit bitter as well. I would not use them.

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Asked by laura on July 9, 2011
Yellow Cucumbers

How come my cucumbers are yellow and never turn green?

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert
Asked by Anonymous on July 11, 2011
Cukes

I have gobs of blooms but no fruit is set. How do I get some fruit from this vine, and what do I fertilize them with?

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

This is typical behavior for curbit plants (squash, cucumber, melon). They will produce mostly male (non-fruiting) blossoms early in the season and will gradually start to produce more female blossoms as the season progresses. Give it some time and you will see it start fruiting.

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Asked by brenda on July 13, 2011
White/Yellow Scaley Appearance on Cucumber Foliage

I have a raised bed garden. I’ve noticed white/yellow scaley areas on a few of the leaves. What might this be?

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

brenda

Thank you for all of the help. This is my first Garden ever! Having a ball:however very challenging. The white/yellow scaley appearance on my cucumber foilage Is due to whitefly.Spoke with someone at a local nursery,showed him cucumer leaf,he directed me straight to this Tomato&vegetable ready to use 3 in 1 insecticide,fungicide,and miticide.You can apply even before problems arise.Here in Az. they suggest spraying every 5 days. Wish me luck....here goes!

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doccat5

Sounds like the beginning of powdery mildew. Remove the diseased leaves and discard. You can use one of the Safer organic fungicides to control. With all the wet weather we've been having this is not surprising.

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