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    Quote Originally Posted by greenishfing View Post
    Last year was the exception but normally to get a cucumber plant to maturity I need half a dozen seeds. Most just commit suicide along the way. A cool night, a breeze, too warm/cold, potting on, a harsh word. They don't really need an excuse.
    Last year was unbelievable. My "Diva" seeds wanted to live and gave me and my extended family hundreds.
    Oh dear, that's bad news. Last year was my first cucumber outing, and I bought a grafted Delistar from Suttons, for the same price as 12 seeds. At what point do your cucumbers commit hari kiri greenfishing? Tiny seedlings, grown on?

    If mine die I would like to still have time to buy a plant. The Delistar cucumbers were really nice, and my OH was happy to eat them for once, so I want to stick with them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Babru View Post
    Oh dear, that's bad news. Last year was my first cucumber outing, and I bought a grafted Delistar from Suttons, for the same price as 12 seeds. At what point do your cucumbers commit hari kiri greenfishing? Tiny seedlings, grown on?

    If mine die I would like to still have time to buy a plant. The Delistar cucumbers were really nice, and my OH was happy to eat them for once, so I want to stick with them.
    Mine generally germinate and look really happy until I've got about 4 proper leaves. I usually give some to my sister at this point. Then they start to keel over and I have been known to ask my sister for some back. Once they get planted out in the greenhouse border in early June they seem to thrive.
    Last year every plant grew though and I don't know what I did right. I ended up making jars and jars of cucumber pickle though (Delia's recipe) and I am still enjoying it and will be for a few more months.
    However it might just be me and cucumbers. Yours might all thrive every year. There's always time to run to the garden centre and buy a plant if you have a bad year.
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    Quote Originally Posted by greenishfing View Post
    Last year was the exception but normally to get a cucumber plant to maturity I need half a dozen seeds. Most just commit suicide along the way. A cool night, a breeze, too warm/cold, potting on, a harsh word. They don't really need an excuse.
    Last year was unbelievable. My "Diva" seeds wanted to live and gave me and my extended family hundreds.
    My cucumbers came up perfectly last year. Promising early crop. Looked to be a good year.

    Then came the RSM and wiped them out.

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    Excuse my ignorance Mark, what's RSM?

    I'm getting more and more nervous about my purchase of a paltry five cucumber seeds.
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    RSM=Red Spider Mite.
    Last edited by Mark Rand; 15-02-2020 at 04:28 PM.
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    Well, as this thread has mutated into a cucumber germination thread, I'll give Suttons their due when it comes to seed viability. As usual, I'm growing Telegraph Improved cucumbers again this year. 8 seeds in a pack, I planted 4 and have 100% germination, leaving 4 spare seeds in case these ones lose the will to live, as cukes so often do. I normally expect to get 2 plants to maturity out of 4 seeds.
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    Did you ask Suttons about the shortage of Jalapeo seeds?
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    Quote Originally Posted by veggiechicken View Post
    Did you ask Suttons about the shortage of Jalapeo seeds?
    I have to admit that it hasn't been top of my "to do" list and I've not contacted them.

    Other stuff I've sown so far has been on or slightly over the stated number of seeds, so I think I'll cut them some slack on the Jalapenos.
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