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Growing => Grow Your Own => Topic started by: Dantheman on April 24, 2012, 08:18

Title: Cucumber problem
Post by: Dantheman on April 24, 2012, 08:18
Hi guys,

I planted some cucumbers back on the 8/2/12 they have been growing great on the kitchen window seal, they are about 5"- 7" tall with the third set of true leaves coming though.  The problem I'm having is I've just moved them onto bigger pots, i was very careful not to disturb the roots in any way, but one of the plants has got very weak and the leaves are starting to curl slightly.  I've use supports to keep it up right, will it recover or shale I plaint another two seeds just in case?

thanks dan   :wub:
Title: Re: Cucumber problem
Post by: Aidy on April 24, 2012, 13:50
I think it is either Grannie Annie or Aunty who says...

Cucumbers will look for any reason what so ever to die. Only time will tell but wise to re sow.
Title: Re: Cucumber problem
Post by: Aunty on April 24, 2012, 13:58
Not me Aidy.

I always plant mine (in the greenhouse) on a mound of compost to keep their stems dry when watering.  They WILL die if you don't.

Title: Re: Cucumber problem
Post by: Dantheman on April 24, 2012, 17:33
would it be ok to put them in an unheated greenhouse yet?  if not will have to try again in pots as only have the windows seals at home. :(
Title: Re: Cucumber problem
Post by: Yorkie on April 24, 2012, 17:58
I'd have thought it's far too chilly to put them into an unheated greenhouse for another month yet, even in your southerly location.
Title: Re: Cucumber problem
Post by: mumofstig on April 24, 2012, 18:32
I agree mine are still in the packet  ::)
Title: Re: Cucumber problem
Post by: sunshineband on April 24, 2012, 19:42
I agree mine are still in the packet  ::)

So are mine  :lol:
Title: Re: Cucumber problem
Post by: Dantheman on April 24, 2012, 19:47
might leave the resowing for a few weeks and hope the one that looks ok pulls though (don't hold a lot of hope for the others).  :(
thanks for your help guys 
Title: Re: Cucumber problem
Post by: yorkiegal on April 24, 2012, 19:57
I'm a newbie and cucumbers have been my first mistake lol. Next year I'll leave it to a lot later before sowing! Flipping things are taking up tons of room on my coffee table at present.
Title: Re: Cucumber problem
Post by: the Kergan on April 24, 2012, 20:06
My second year trying them. Last year they went belly up. This year I'm trying again.
Title: Re: Cucumber problem
Post by: jmc1949 on April 24, 2012, 20:39
Wish I'd read this thread earlier.  Just potted on my 3 cucumber seedlings and put them in the unheated greenhouse.   Oops.

Title: Re: Cucumber problem
Post by: Dantheman on April 25, 2012, 09:48
it's all good fun in the first year of have an allotment, trail and error i guess, best site i found for advice is this one by far. :)
Title: Re: Cucumber problem
Post by: DD. on April 25, 2012, 09:51
There are others?  :ohmy:
Title: Re: Cucumber problem
Post by: Selfsufficientme on April 25, 2012, 14:20
I have the opposite problem here in the subtropics - cucumbers hate our humid summers so I've found the best time to plant here is autumn as it cools down and dries up. Pretty easy getting to seedling stage but after that it's definately not the easiest plant to grow  :) Gotta, get the season window just right, then grow a ton, and pickle'em  :D 
Title: Re: Cucumber problem
Post by: strangerachael on April 26, 2012, 14:20
Usually, growing veg gets easier with experience. With cucumbers though, I have found it has become more challenging every year! When I first grew them I had no problems at all, then it all started to go downhill.
Title: Re: Cucumber problem
Post by: Trillium on April 26, 2012, 15:40
But weather patterns have also changed, strangerrachel, so it's not just you. The gardener these days has to anticipate weather and keep adapting
Title: Re: Cucumber problem
Post by: Plot74 on April 26, 2012, 15:53
What is it with cucumbers. Most people love them. Can I get a plant that will grow outdoors.do you need more than one for pollination. Thanks in advance
John
Title: Re: Cucumber problem
Post by: DD. on April 26, 2012, 15:55
Yes they grow outdoors. Look for a ridge variety, like "Marketmore".

The do need pollinating, but not cross pollinating. One plant is OK, if that's sufficient for your needs.
Title: Re: Cucumber problem
Post by: Plot74 on April 26, 2012, 16:45
Thanks DD I will look out for them .
Do I need some sheeting under the fruits to keep them off the soil or do they grow up supports.
Many thanks
John
Title: Re: Cucumber problem
Post by: DD. on April 26, 2012, 16:55
They will grow up supports, but I just let them run.

I've never bothered putting anything under them, but there's nothing to say you can't!
Title: Re: Cucumber problem
Post by: Plot74 on April 26, 2012, 23:48
They will grow up supports, but I just let them run.

I've never bothered putting anything under them, but there's nothing to say you can't!
Cheers I will give them a go . John