Cucumber Plants

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  1. The Big Leaves Of Cucumber Plant
  2. Lower Leaves of Cucumber and Squash Plants
  3. Why Do My Cucumbers Die
  4. Growing Cucumbers Upside Down
  5. Cucumbers
  6. Cucumbers and Tomatoes
  7. Wilted Cucumber Leaves
Asked by Anonymous on May 12, 2011
The Big Leaves of Cucumber Plant

The BIG leaves that are on the cucumber plant, do I leave them on or can I take them off?

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

No, do not cut off your cucumber leaves. It opens the plant’s vascular system up to bacteria and viruses. The leaves also act like a sunscreen for the fruit and help to keep weeds from growing around the plant.

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Asked by Anonymous on May 17, 2011
Lower Leaves of Cucumber and Squash Plants

I planted squash and cucumber plants in a raised garden bed. I use a hose pipe to water and they have grown very well. But now the lower levels of the leaves are turning yellow and look like they are going to die or just fall off. This is also happening to several of my tomato plants. The upper portion of the cukes and squash are looking very green and healthy.  Am I watering too much or not enough?

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

These yellow leaves can be caused by both over and under watering. The garden really only needs about 2" of water a week. I would recommend putting in a rain gauge to check how much water is falling on the soil and adjust watering after that.

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Asked by Anonymous on May 18, 2011
Why Do My Cucumbers Die

I have many flowers with small cucumbers. But when the female flower dries up, the little cucumber shrivels and falls off also.   Why, and what can I do about it? I do not have a single growing cucumber on the vines, but plenty of male and female flowers.

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

This is typically caused by a pollination issue. These articles will help:
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/garden-how-to/beneficial/insect-pollination-process.htm
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/fruits/melons/hand-pollinating-melons.htm (melons and cucumbers are hand pollinated the same way.)

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Asked by Anonymous on May 19, 2011
Growing Cucumbers Upside Down

I was wondering how to properly place cucumber seedlings in a Topsy Turvy planter? I have 8 seedlings and I am not sure. Do I place them all together?

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

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

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Asked by Anonymous on May 24, 2011
Cucumbers

I planted Burpee bush cucumbers last year and I got some delicious cucumbers but many of them would bloom and start growing straight, but then the blossom end would not continue to develop and would just curl up, while the portion by the vine would develop normally. What could be causing this to happen to the fruit?

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Asked by Anonymous on June 3, 2011
Cucumbers and Tomatoes

I’ve planted a small vegetable garden – tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchini, etc. Now I have a lot of flowers on tomatoes and cucumbers, but this year there are no bees or other insects to do pollination (previous years they were plenty). What should I do in this situation? Will any cucumbers grow without insects?

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

You need to encourage more pollinators into your garden and, if that is not possible, you may want to hand pollinate the flowers. Cucumbers can be pollinated the same as tomatoes. These articles will help you: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/vegetables/tomato/pollinate-tomatoes.htm
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/garden-how-to/beneficial/creating-a-pollinator-garden.htm

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Asked by Anonymous on June 4, 2011
Wilted Cucumber Leaves

Today I saw that my cucumber plant leaves are all wilted. My plants are in large containers. It recently rained for five days down here in Georgia. I have tomatoes and sweet potatoes in containers also. Their leaves look fine. What has happened to my cucumbers?

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