Cukes dying

sharonrossyJuly 29, 2012

What is killing my Cukes? I haven't seen any bugs but the plants are completely wilting.

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jean001a(Portland OR 7b)

give us a few clues -- in pot or ground; how managed as to water & fert, and much more

Images of plant overall could help us understand the situation.

    Bookmark   July 29, 2012 at 1:45PM
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sharonrossy

Hi - growing in large pots, and I have never ever had a problem before. the leaves are wilted, turning yellow and the stems are dying. I have been very careful about watering and fertilizing - organic fertilizer, lime, and compost. I have removed one stem that was literally rotten. I will try and send a photo (not a techie!). I have always grown them in pots. They are in full sun.

    Bookmark   July 29, 2012 at 2:06PM
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howelbama(7 NJ)

Sounds like it could be bacterial wilt transmitted by cuke beetles, even though you have not seen them. Pics would help though.

    Bookmark   July 29, 2012 at 2:39PM
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hidesertCA(8)

Mine are doing the same thing, I have the bush type plant that doesn't need a trellis. I think next year I'm going to get the vine type and put them on a trellis.

    Bookmark   July 29, 2012 at 2:50PM
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jimster(z7a MA)

Most likely it is what howelbana said -- bacterial wilt transmitted by cucumber beetles.

Jim

    Bookmark   July 29, 2012 at 4:13PM
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jean001a(Portland OR 7b)

Or insufficient water? Can't say without images.

    Bookmark   July 29, 2012 at 10:40PM
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Stellabee(7, Atlanta)

It sounds like wilt to me too, especially since the vines are affected. Have you seen cucumber beetles? They look like lady bugs-well, they look like ugly lady bugs rather than the regular cute ones:-)

Sorry about your plants. I know that's no fun.

    Bookmark   July 30, 2012 at 3:28PM
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DFW_Gardener(7b)

Same thing happened to my cucumbers.

Turned out to be Squash Vine Borer.

Here is a link that might be useful: DFW Gardener

    Bookmark   July 30, 2012 at 3:39PM
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ju1234((8 Dallas TX))

I think the stem borer season is here. I have seen them on my cucurbit family too. I have sprayed them but not sure if it will prevent the death.

    Bookmark   July 30, 2012 at 5:15PM
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planatus(6)

In my experience it is rare to get squash vine borers on cukes, but it can happen. Cucumber bacterial wilt, on the other hand, is inevitable in my climate. I grow only resistant varieties, and still see telltale signs from time to time.

    Bookmark   July 31, 2012 at 7:57AM
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sharonrossy

I think I found the problem. I found a critter on them which explains everything. Not sure if the problem is resolved.I sprayed and removed stems but not sure if it's out of the woods.

    Bookmark   July 31, 2012 at 6:33PM
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