Sticky Cucumbers

rauljusticeJuly 22, 2012

I harvested my first cucumbers[plant purchased from a local greenhouse labeled simply as "cucumbers"] a few days ago. My vines and leaves look healthy. The cucumbers look healthy too. When I cut the first slice and tasted it, it was sticky and it left my mouth dry. The rest of the cucumber was left whole and on the surface that was cut, small clear beads formed. When I touch the beads, they are a gel-like consistency.

What could be causing this? What can I do to try to save the plant?

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Astringency in cucumbers is typically caused by inadequate moisture and high heat. Be sure you really water the heck out of them in this kind of weather, even if you don't think they need it.

    Bookmark   July 22, 2012 at 8:07PM
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Oh, I should add, if you peel them and slice or cut into quarters, then soak in ice water with about a half teaspoon of salt and a tablespoon of cider vinegar per half gallon of water for about 20 minutes, then rinse and soak again in clear water for 20 minutes, it will get rid of most of this and make them much less astringent when you eat them.

    Bookmark   July 22, 2012 at 8:09PM
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so watering them more often should fix the rest of the crop?

    Bookmark   July 23, 2012 at 6:12PM
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