Cucumber Plants

What are the pepper like granules on my cucumbers?

Zone Kentucky | Junebug65 added on July 16, 2015 | Answered

From the smallest to the longest I have little black hard granules on the cucumbers that rub off very easily. There doesn't seem to be any issues with the plants or leaves. I am unable to find an answer. They don't appear to be bugs. They are hard and grainy. If they wash off, can I eat the cucumbers or not? This is my first time ever attempting to grow any form of vegetables and I am getting mass cucumbers but they are short and often round. When I cut them open, they are seedy and good. Please help me figure out the black granules.

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Answered on July 17, 2015

My first reaction that is it's just little spots from the soil splashing up unto the plant when watering.

It could be a fungus though so you could go ahead and treat with Neem Oil if you feel it is something other then just soil.

Here are a few links for you.

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