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Cukes dying

Posted by sharonie (My Page) on
Sun, Jul 29, 12 at 12:25

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


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RE: Cukes dying

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.


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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.


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


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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.


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

Jim


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Or insufficient water? Can't say without images.


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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.


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Same thing happened to my cucumbers.

Turned out to be Squash Vine Borer.

Here is a link that might be useful: DFW Gardener


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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.


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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.


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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.


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