Zucchini Plants

Fruits of zucchini and cucumber

Zone Temperate South Australia | ttarrant added on February 26, 2018 | Answered

I grow both zucchini and cucumber plants, my question is what is the clear ooze that comes from the fruits of these plants when you cut them from the plant, I have stains on my clothing that I am having difficulty in removing. Any ideas would be gratefully received. Regards Maureen

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Answered on February 27, 2018

This is just plant sap. Try letting them ripen just a little longer before picking them and this will reduce the sap some. As for removing it. I would try either peroxide and baking soda, or white vinegar and baking soda. These are what I use for tougher stains. You will want to do it as soon as you see that it is on something, though. The stain will quickly set if left for too long.

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