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Post  Toastie on 4/19/2010, 10:22 pm

I got some problems with some cucumbers I got as trasnplants
The edge of the leaves are starting to turn brown and the lower leaves are looking dry. Am I watering them enough. I water every other day right now
Also I got some salad bush cucumbers will those require support?

Are the little tendrils that shot out of the top of the cucumber plants what I should be training towards my trellis
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Post  jenjehle on 4/20/2010, 12:19 am

Hi Toastie!

If you can post some pictures of your plant(s), that may be helpful to anyone who may be able to help you. Also, what variety are the cucumbers that have the leaves turning brown? Did you grow them or buy them from a store? Do you know about how old they are?

Cuks are one of my favorite things to grow! But I really only have experience with the pickling cucumbers (smaller version, good for kids, very few seeds). My cuks grew up to about 7 or 8 feet and I used the nylon trellis described in the SFG book. They grew all the way up the trellis and then some. I actually have pictures posted in my Personal Album. Here's the link:

http://squarefoot.forumotion.com/gallery/Personal-album-of-jenjehle-cat_u1132.htm

As for a watering, I only water when it's clear that the soil is dry. It also depends on how mature the plant is when determining water. For the little starts just beginning, I keep them moist at all times. But the more mature plants can handle some dryness for a few days.

I am no expert. Hopefully you will find some good answers here on this forum.

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Post  miinva on 7/6/2010, 10:58 am

I figured I'd post this here instead of starting a new thread Smile

We planted three cucumbers at the end of one of our beds and they are NOT flourishing. They haven't grown much and the couple of cucumbers we've gotten haven't been very pretty or normally shaped. It's not pests, I think they just don't like where they are. Maybe they're getting too much water? Do they want full sun? I have a Poona Kheera that Megan gave me and it's going crazy! But the three 'normal' cukes are barely hanging on for some reason. I'll have to snap a picture and post it...
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Post  junequilt on 7/6/2010, 5:01 pm

Cukes like full sun. They also need a fair amount of water. I've had the yellowing/unproductive problem in previous years when my cukes were planted in the ground. I fed them a light sprinkle of blood meal and before I knew it, I had green, productive vines.
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Post  miinva on 7/6/2010, 5:12 pm

I wonder if they aren't in deep enough soil because of where I put them. I'm a vegetarian so I cringe at the thought of bloodmeal, is there anything else that gives the same nutrients?
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Post  Megan on 7/6/2010, 5:15 pm

Baker Creek describes the Poona Kheera as an heirloom from India, so I assume the heat should not be bothering it(?) Mine are doing very well, too. Got a few small fruits already.


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Post  miinva on 7/6/2010, 5:23 pm

As of this morning we had six little Poona Kheera's forming! I can't wait to taste them Smile Thank you so much for sharing them with me Very Happy
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Post  junequilt on 7/6/2010, 6:44 pm

There are other forms of nitrogen you can get, but most of them are either VERY slow-release (such as coffee grounds) or chemical (such as urea). Composted chicken manure is another great source of nitrogen. Do the big box stores in your area sell Black Hen? A little of that as a top-dressing might do the trick.
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Post  miinva on 7/6/2010, 10:02 pm

I'll check around and see if I can find it Smile
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