I live in zone 7 (I think) - west coast of Canada (Vancouver
specifically) and I have been having an awful time getting cucumbers
Each year I get the sturdy little plants from the local garden shop,
make sure they are properly hardened off and growing well then plant
them into the garden. Once in the garden they grow very poorly and
seem to have an awful time on sunny days.
Days that are mainly sunny the plants wilt really badly even when the
soil is moist and don't recover until well into the evening. I've
tried planting them in a shadier spot but then I have to deal with
mildew on the leaves.
Does anyone have any advice? I'm sure that the market gardeners in our
area grow cukes in the full sun without any problem so what is the
matter with mine?
Looks like you have bacterial wilt. I have it too. I grow a very early
starts pumping out cukes in late june. By late july the plants have
gotten the wilt
pretty bad and I remove them. If you cut a vine you should see a
stringy, gooey sap.
Spraying the plants with rotenone delays the onset of wilt (which is
beetles), but in the end they die. I don't mind, because I like cukes
best at the
beginning of the season, when the body is adapting to the warm
cukes (with a bit of rice vinegar) are just right for that time of
year. By the time
they keel over, there are chard, zucchini, string beans, and some
tomatoes ready, so
at that point it is easy to forget about the cukes. My variety is a
Country Fair, which I warmly recommend for taste and earliness (even
though it is
a pickling cuke).
Wow!! I had not idea that was what might be causing the problem. I
remember years ago I had cucumbers coming out of my ears and squash
too. Now I have problems with growing squash as well.:o( At least
now I know and can stop spending money on vegies that aren't able to
grow in my garden. I'll spend the money or stuff that I know will
squash is the same, though traditionally more wilt resistant than
cukes, it will
still get it. I grow golden zucchini, I think they are named Gold
they are an early variety. Same story as the cukes. At some point you
lose the race
and remove the plants, but the early types give me maybe ten zucchini
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