Reader q&a on cucumber problems:
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How do I tell the difference between the male and female flowers of
cucumbers? I have bought a packet of seeds called (F' PRIMA TOP), if that's any
The Green Chronicle replies...
As you have an all female type you don't have to worry. These plants will
produce only fruit bearing female flowers. If you had an old fashioned variety
then it would have been the flowers on thin stems with no tiny little fruit
behind them that you would have taken off. As it is you need not worry.
Please could you advise me. I bought a Mini Alpha Beta F1 cucumber plant which
is growing well on a sunny windowsill. However, it has begun to develop both
male, and female flowers with the little fruits under. Should I be removing the
Years ago I grew beautiful cucumbers which were too bitter to eat because, I
read, of the male flowers pollinating the fruit.
Would be grateful for your advice.
The Green Chronicle replies...
Theoretically F1 cucumbers should not produce male flowers, and yes you are
right, you should be removing them, and fast! If there is fruit already forming
which might have been pollinated then pick it small before the seeds develop -
take them off at gherkin size at the most. It may be that stress of some kind
has caused the plant to produce male flowers - has it been getting enough water?
Have you tried a liquid feed? Hope you enjoy your cucumbers!
I have a problem with cucumbers this year. They are grown in a 6ft x 10ft
greenhouse well ventilated and watered and fed weekly with liquid general
purpose fertiliser as I have done every year with success. But this year lots of
the small cucumbers have reached two to three inches in length and just shrivel
up and died. I have shaded them and left the vents open at night. Several
of the fruits have grown well but are bent and of peculiar shade. The plants are
grown in the greenhouse border. Could it be botrytis mould? I have sprayed for
this five days ago. I don't like using chemicals as tomatoes are grown on the
other side of the greenhouse. Hope you can help.
The Green Chronicle replies...
It doesn't sound like botrytis to me, but there could be a number of causes for
small fruit withering. Try this: remove all of the withered fruits; give the
plants a feed, then reduce water for a week, although still keeping the ground
moist. I wonder if you have grown your cucumbers too often on the same spot and
have thereby stored up problems for yourself. As a completely organic grower I
would advise not spraying, but instead rotating your crops each season.
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Cucumber plant called mini F1 the flowers are yellow and under neath are prickly cucumbers is this normal will they grow like that
Cucumber mini hana f1
Can l remove bottom leaves while
Please advice me, i don't see any female flowers in my cucumber plant.
MY MINI CUES HAS WHITE AND YELLOW FLOWERS WHY?
i have just bought a Hana cucumber plant my first ever cucumber, i now know what the difference between male & female flowers is but intend to put mine ibto the greenhouse for a few weeks up to a month & then i would like to move it outside hence i have no idea whether to remove male flowers or not as the last thing i want is bitter cucumbers
why do my cucumber shrivel before they fully grow ?
We have never had a problem with cucumbers before. We have always had more than we can eat. they have always been a nice size and green. This year they are still a nice size with plenty of fruit but they are white. Can you please tell me what is going on ?
We bought a mini cucumber plant. We have a nice cucumber growing. But the others seem to have got white mould growing on them. Its also on th leaves. It in th house as al our other veg ws eaten we put in th garden. Anna
my cucumber plants are very heathy with a lot of flowers but no cucumbers what is wrong please help.
i have a beautiful patch of cucumbers which is in full bloom, but the bloom falls off and no cucumbers... what do i do... thanks
this is the first time i have tried to grow cucumbers.
some of the leaves have gone light green to having white on the edges.
could you please adise.
I HAD A LOT OF CUKES THIS YEAR BUT I ALSO HAD A FEW ROUND BALL GROWTHS N THE SME VINES THEY ARE VERY HARD AND GET PRETTY BIG ONE OF THEM IS NOW BIG AS A SOFTBALL. OHTER TWO ABOUT BASEBALL SIZE CAN ANYOINE TELL ME WHAT THEY ARE
I am growing 'Hana' mini cucumbers in my greenhouse, the plants are growing well, but the leaves are going dry and papery despite being well watered and fed. The plants are producing cucumbers, but they die. What am I doing wrong, I spray the floor to creat humidity, but there is no improvement. I would value any help you can give.
why do my cucumber shrivel before they fully grow
I have cucumber Plants that are growing like wild fire but not one single bloom. Please help
this is my second year at growing cucumbers last year i had a good crop but this year nothink seems to be going right the plants have come on well they have reached about 4-6in and then they have died off but when i have pulled the plants out there are no roots on them i have not seen this before can you help.
The fruit of my cucumber started withering even before it could grow, why is this so? It was almost an inch then suddenly it withered
I have the same strange plant growing in with my cucumbers. The leaves and stalk are velvety soft and the fruit looks like a large acorn. The round bottom is soft, but the top is spikey. It sets little yellow/orange flowers and every flower produces one of these odd little fruit/vegetable. Thought first it was a breed of persimmon, but now I'm not sure. Any ideas?
why has my cucumber leaves gone from dark green to having light green patches on them with bits of white
I have something grwing in with my cucumbers that I am not sure what it is. I have been told that it may just be a weed but would like to make sure before I pull it. It looks like a cucumber but the leaves are less pointy and they are soft. It also grows upright. It;s about 4 feet but it has blooms like a cucumber, melon etc would have. Any ideas????
I have cucumbers growing in my greenhouse and i have no female flowers at all. What should i do?
Would you please advise how to treat when cucumber leaves go yellow and crispy brown, I know there is a name for this. I get it every year how can I cure it.
Barry. This is usually due to stress but if the cucs are outdoors it could be due to the weather. Over and under watering, greenhouse conditions or outside bad pollinating weather can all be to blame.
Eugene. This is an indoor variety and probably should only produce female flowers.If it has any male flowers it might mean that the plant is stressed through over or under watering or draught or lack of air.
Ali. Have you sown an indoor variety? it sounds as if you could have a drainage problem (ie they are overwatered because the water can't escape from the pot)and that the plants are stressed.
Denis. It sounds as if you may be overwatering or maybe watering onto the plants.You need to water around the roots directly onto the soil.
Assuming these are an outside variety you should leave the male flowers on.
Brian. There is something called a fungus gnat whose larvae feed on the root hairs of cucumber and other plants.They appear in houseplants which are overwatered and generally unhealthy. Hypoaspis miles a biological control can be used to get rid of them.But you do need to positively identify the pest first.
You might be better off sowing the cucs where they are going to grow as they can suffer root damage when transplanted leaving them open to various problems.
My Cucuber plants only produced Male flowers this year. No female flowers at all. Its been two and a half months. As of now it looks like i will not get any cucumbers this year. Why would this be? I have done well before.
hi, my cucumber plants are growing well and i have loads of flowers = more male than female. i have been taking the male flowers off - the cucumbers are forming and i have 3 or 4 fairly well developed ones -about 5 " long and quite plump.however a lot are turnining yellow and brown when small -i have been watering every day - can they be overwatered - also please carify if the males need removing or do i pollinate or let them self pollinate
I have planted diamante F1 gherkins that are growing beautifully. Should I have any male flowers as the females with the little fruit are prolific but only a few of them are being pollinated and developing into little gherkins? Are the flowers of this variety hermaphrodite or is there something wrong with my plants? Thanks
I have grown my cucumber in a pot. the place is in indoor and sunny. there are lots of small cucumbe has grown but after around 1.5 inches all the small cucumber are getting dry and the flower on top are also getting dry. i am giving enough water and potash. and some liquied plant food as well. still same condition. can u please help me. thanks
I have grown cucumbers in my dining room to fech them on. When i transfer them to my greenhouse after about a week they droop and eventualy die? on inspection of the roots I found tiny little white maggots.this year i built another green house thinking there was a problem with my other one but the same thing happened I got some more cucumbers and have them in my dining room where they are fine.I'm realy puzzeled??????????????? HELP!!!!! :-)
I think one day max for cucumber once cut.Why not cut up a selection of veg daily and let them choose their dressing?
I was thinking of soaking slices of raw cucumbers in just italian dressing and leave in the fridge for my picky kids to eat. First, will that taste good? and second, how long can they stay in there and soak without getting nasty? any suggestions?
All things being equal there is no reason why you shouldn't get cucumbers from these plants.It always used to be quite common for gardeners to save cucumber (and other seed) for next year's crop.
The only problem is if you have grown more than one variety of cucumber. Then cross-pollination could mean that the cucumbers aren't the same as the ones on the original plant. (They might not be as good).
Anyway, you can see what happens
Will cucumber plants that have popped up for the second year produce any cucumbers?
Cucumbers are more likely to grow straight when they are grown upright on the vine (they dangle down).
The idea of the totally straight cucumber is more to do with EU regulations and supermarkets.I'm old enough to remember buying curly cucumbers from the greengrocers! Victorian gardeners used to grow their cucumbers in glass tubes to get them straight.
I'm not sure of the modern way for getting straight cucumbers or whether less manure,more regular watering, protection from varying temperatures would help??
why do cucumbers grow in a circle?
You can help things along a bit. Find a couple of female flowers (the ones with the swollen bit behind the flower)then dust a male flower (the ones with the thin stem behind the flower) into each female flower. Do this on a dry day (!) in the morning. Lack of cucumbers is down to poor pollination.
I have wonderful plants and they are blooming but not 1 cucumber. What is going on? Would bloom set help. WE have had an unbelieveable amount of rain this year, could that be the problem?