cucumber curiousity

bob2012(6)July 22, 2012

I grew "sweet slice" cucumber this year. It's a great tasting vining cucumber, and we had 8 or 10 nice cucumbers. I'm curious however - why do some cucumbers develop either a "crimped" or "curled" end, while others grow long and straight? Obviously the latter are better in terms of filling up the salad bowl with cucumber. Just wondering if there's anything I can do in the garden to produce more of the long/straight variety.



Warren County, NJ

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The deformity is usually caused by insufficient water. Water them more.

    Bookmark   July 22, 2012 at 4:10PM
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I got the same thing in our recent heat wave/no rain period. I grow in containers, and I just couldn't keep up. I think the big leaves transpire so much water that water gets pulled from the fruit into the leaves. That's the same thing that causes blossom end rot in tomatoes.

    Bookmark   July 22, 2012 at 6:03PM
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Thanks for the comments! Our cucumbers shared space this year. Next year they'll have a dedicated bed which may make it easier to water more frequently without over-watering the other plants.

    Bookmark   July 23, 2012 at 7:47AM
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