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cucumber curiousity

Posted by bob2012 6 (My Page) on
Sun, Jul 22, 12 at 15:34

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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RE: cucumber curiousity

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

RE: cucumber curiousity

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.

RE: cucumber curiousity

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.

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