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    Bluemchen is offline Sprouter
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    Apr 2008
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    Default baby cucs dying on plant

    Hi all,

    Why are my cucumbers dying on the plant when they are about an inch long? There are about 6 tiny dead ones, from a plant that prodcued the first proper cucs about 3-4 weeks ago. They just seem to be drying out, and are all wrinkly and brown.

    Help please!!

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    I've got exactly the same problem. I had 2 great mini Q's but since then all the rest have got to an inch long, turned brown and shrivled up.

    The plant hasn't dried out, is in a good sized pot and the rest of the plant looks really healthy. Mine is in the Greenhouse.

    I've got outdoor Q's too which are fine.

    Hope someone can come up with a solution soon!
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    zazen999 is offline Funky Cold Ribena
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    I have to laugh as well, my cukes in the greenhouse are just about making it through [the largest is about 2 inches long], whereas one of the later cukes, which was a 'spare' was put outside and I've had a 3 incher off it and there is a 4 incher on there now.

    Greenhouses eh???

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    silverfork is offline Seedling
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    I've got the same thing. Did it just get too hot? My greenhouse is only 4'x6' and I've left the door wide open constantly for ages now. The max temp in there was 48 degrees C a couple of weeks ago. I've had two really good cucumbers, but now got little brown things. I presume it's best to get rid of these in the hope it recovers? It looks really healthy otherwise.

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    spudnik is offline Germinator
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    I've had the same problem, my cucumber plant gave me 1 really good one which was around 8" long and had lots of little cucumbers on it and they suddenly all died either grew to around an inch and went yellow, or just went brown, I picked all of them off and 2 of the cucumbers which were around an inch and hadnt turned yellow i left on they have since been growing and looking healthy, so hopefully they will continue to do well

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    gojiberry is offline Early Fruiter
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    South Wales


    What sort of cumber are you all growing. As some of you have put cucumbers outside as well I could assume that it is something like marketmore. If so then your problem could well be lack of fertilisation as they are like courgettes and won't grow if they haven't been fertilised. Also remember that cucumbers don't like the same conditions as tomatoes, cucumbers like hot and very high humidity. Misting and damping down a couple of times a day may well help with fruit set.


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    selfraising is offline Early Fruiter
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    Farnham, Surrey


    So far (fingers crossed) mine look okay and they are outside. No consolation for those of you with dying cucs tho. All I can say is that I feed mine with tomato feed when I feed the toms.

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    kerryp is offline Sprouter
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    my cucumbers have done the same, i posted pic on here not long ago to see if the knobbly bits were ok &they seem to have stayed that size & died.... wonder what ive done wrong...

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