Bitter cucumbers at stem end

catherinet(5 IN)July 11, 2014

What causes cucumbers to become extremely bitter, but only at the stem end?

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Steve349

Hmmmm. lack of water. just a guess

    Bookmark   July 11, 2014 at 7:36AM
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Steve349

Hmmmm. lack of water. just a guess

    Bookmark   July 11, 2014 at 7:40AM
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Steve349

Look what I found...http://chronicle.augusta.com/life/home/gardening/2011-07-07/bitter-taste-cucumbers-can-be-removed

    Bookmark   July 11, 2014 at 7:41AM
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loribee2(CA 9)

I have heard bitter cucumbers come from inconsistent watering.

It could also be the variety. Some are more temperamental than others. I was growing a variety a few years back (forget the name). The first wave of cucumbers were always bitter, then they mellowed as the season went on. I tried a new variety, Corinto, and have not had that problem since.

    Bookmark   July 11, 2014 at 9:39AM
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jean001a(Portland OR 7b)

See info at link -

Here is a link that might be useful: bitterness explained

    Bookmark   July 11, 2014 at 8:38PM
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catherinet(5 IN)

Thanks everyone.
I grow "County Fair" cucs, which lack the bitter gene. (which is why it doesn't attract cucumber beetles). I wonder what that means in terms of it tasting bitter??

    Bookmark   July 12, 2014 at 4:05PM
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MrClint

I trialed cukes this year and found 'Telegraph' put out an occasional bitter-beyond-belief cuke.

    Bookmark   July 12, 2014 at 6:05PM
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