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 Post subject: Save the Cucumbers Fund
PostPosted: Sat Mar 06, 2004 10:57 pm 

Joined: Mon Feb 23, 2004 10:06 am
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Location: Keller, TX
I was hoping someone can contribute (advice, that is) to the save the cukes fund.

I planted a bunch of cucumbers from seed, and they're currently growing happily in my bedroom closet. I take them outside every now and then, like on nice days such as today.

I'm getting off track. My problem is that on my oldest three plants, the original two little leaves that came from the sprout are browning badly and appear to be dying. The other leaves that have since formed (and look much more cucumber-line) appear to be fine.

Is this normal? I'm guessing not, but I thought there was a remote possibility that this was the natural way the plant evolves, to ditch those two little sprout leaves once the plant matures.

Assuming it's not, should I cut off the sprout leaves before they spread to the rest of my plant? Is it too late?

Other tidbits that may or may not be relevant: 1. The three plants that are doing this are the first three I planted and are in peat-pots (yes, I know; they suck) that have been transplanted. Until this, they were doing okay. 2. Cucumbers I have since planted show no sign of this; however, they were planted more than a week later than the peat ones. 3. This is my first time planting from seed (except for a few I put directly outside last season), so I don't know what is normal. Please forgive my ignorance.

Thanks in advance,

 Post subject: Save The Cucumbers Fund
PostPosted: Sun Mar 07, 2004 11:35 am 

Joined: Sun Mar 16, 2003 9:09 am
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I've never found it necessary to start cucumbers in pots. I've always sown them directly into the soil. They grow like crazy and you won't risk having the problems you have now. They shouldn't be planted outside until the soil is very warm so you won't gain much (if any) time by starting them early.

Try adding some corn meal to the planting mix. If your browning problem is fungus-related corn meal should take care of it.

Also, check the amount of water you are giving the transplants. Too much water gives fungus a good breeding ground.

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 07, 2004 9:38 pm 

Joined: Tue May 20, 2003 4:33 pm
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Location: parker county, texas
cukes are so easy to grow that I would go ahead and transplant them out, cover with some type of row cover, and see if they make it or not. If not, plant some seeds directly in the garden and try it again. Cukes are pretty tough, but do need more heat and probably more light than they are getting. You have nothing to lose except for a few seeds, and seeds are pretty cheap

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