Cucumber Plants

Small Yellow Burpless Cucumbers

Anonymous added on July 18, 2011 | Answered

We have always had success in planting cucumbers in our garden, harvesting several a day in the summer. We live in NJ. However, this year our cucumbers are not growing. We have tons of yellow flowers, the leaves look healthy, but the only cucumbers we are getting are small (pickle size) and already yellow and bitter. It has been abnormally hot here this past month; however, we do have an in-ground sprinkler system that waters the garden every other day. Any idea what is happening?

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Answered on July 19, 2011

It sounds like a pollination issue. With the heat and the extra sprinkler watering, the pollinators are likely not able to get to the flowers. You will need to hand pollinate. Cucumbers are identical to melons on how they pollinate, so this article will also apply to cucumbers:

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