Poorly looking cucumber plants

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Baldy007

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Re: Poorly looking cucumber plants
« Reply #15 on: May 19, 2017, 10:15 »
thanks I will try that

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Re: Poorly looking cucumber plants
« Reply #16 on: May 21, 2017, 08:48 »
Morning all.
Just a quick update on my original question. I have planted 1 of the 2 plants into
it's large bucket I normally grow them in, filled with a mixture of compost & new
grow bag material with a sprinkling of growmore in our unheated G/H & touch
wood (head) after 4 days it's still upright & looks the same as before planting up,
it could have grown a bit taller as I planted it slightly deeper. The other 1 I've left
in it's original pot, it's grown slightly taller so fingers crossed I will pot it on again
in a few days ready for putting outside in the garden. First time I've grown 1 outside
but it came free as a bogof so will give it a go.
Once again thanks for all your interest & helpful comments.
Keith.

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lettice

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Re: Poorly looking cucumber plants
« Reply #17 on: May 21, 2017, 09:31 »
I would not be repotting cucumbers, you will create a weak stem and upset the roots. Its the one area that cucumbers do suffer from, week stems and disturbance of the roots.

You can still sow cucumbers, now in a greenhouse with a 7 day germination and then when they have germinated and have their main stem above the twin leaves they will be ready to carefully move to their final position in the greenhouse or outside.
June outside would be fine for most of the country by sowing direct in the soil or a pot.
« Last Edit: May 21, 2017, 09:38 by lettice »

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stompy

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Re: Poorly looking cucumber plants
« Reply #18 on: May 22, 2017, 11:08 »
I germinate my cucumbers in a heated propagator and as soon as they emerge they go into the unheated greenhouse, this way they have no change in temprature to deal with.
If it gets cool on a night they just seem to deal with it!

I do grow Marketmore though so this might be something to do with it.

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Sleepingpopman

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Re: Poorly looking cucumber plants
« Reply #19 on: May 23, 2017, 09:36 »
Morning All. Just a quick update on things. I moved both sick cukes into our
unheated greenhouse on May 12th (day of original post) & left them in there
medium sized pots, then last Friday 19th I re-potted 1 of them into it's final
growing on site which is a large builders bucket with holes in the bottom filled
with a mixture of general compost, new growbag material & a sprinkling of
growmore, the bucket is then stood in a big trug. The plant is looking ok &
does have some new growth so fingers crossed, the other 1 is also looking ok
& has grown taller, this 1 is going out in the garden eventually.
Once again many thanks for all your comments.
Keith. 

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Growster...

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Re: Poorly looking cucumber plants
« Reply #20 on: May 23, 2017, 21:43 »
Just a small point...

In the past, when we've had this situation, we've mounded the compost right up the stem to just below the seed leaves. It's not over-damp compost, just enough to introduce new roots on the stem, which cuces always want to form.

Several potential disasters over the years have been alleviated this way, but it ain't foolproof...



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