1. Cucumbers for Pickling

Asked by Anonymous - July 8, 2011

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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2. Bitter Cucumbers

Asked by Anonymous - July 8, 2011

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

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3. Yellow Cucumbers

Asked by laura - July 8, 2011

How come my cucumbers are yellow and never turn green?

4. Cukes

Asked by Anonymous - July 11, 2011

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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  • 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.

5. White/Yellow Scaley Appearance on Cucumber Foliage

Asked by brenda - July 12, 2011

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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6. Cucumber Bitterness

Asked by Anonymous - July 15, 2011

I have heard that after you peel a cucumber or that when you handle them, like when slicing, they become bitter. The more you handle them, the more bitter they become. Is this true?

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7. Yellow Cucumbers

Asked by sdebow - July 16, 2011

My cucumbers are not turning green; they are staying white, then yellow. You mentioned a yellow cucumber may have a deficiency.

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  • Are they in full sun? They are sun lovers. Only other answer I can think of is that there are white cucumbers available. Could be a packaging error if you bought what was labeled as regular green ones. Have you tasted any of them while in the white stage? Might be worth a try.

  • I answered this but it didn’t show up. Do you have them planted in full sun? They require it. The only other answer I can come up with is that there IS indeed a white cucumber. If you purchased regular green cucumber seed, this could be a labeling error. Have you tried eating one while it is in the white stage? You may be pleasantly surprised?

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