Too late to start pickling cucumbers from seed?

tn_veggie_gardner(7)July 1, 2009

Should I just go buy plants or do I still have time to grow from seed? Any pointers on flower pollination? My cukes last year has 100+ flowers, none of which turned into a cuke.

- Steve

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dvtown(6b)

I think you still have time to get some cucumbers from seed. I think I need to start more cucumbers too since bacterial wilt might be coming into the picture. Darn cucumber beetles!

    Bookmark   July 2, 2009 at 9:04AM
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columbiastock(Z7)

Agree, should be fine,will grow faster since the ground is so warm. May need to water often if you do not get a good rain during the weeks ahead.

    Bookmark   July 2, 2009 at 2:37PM
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tn_veggie_gardner(7)

Thanks y'all. =) Would I be better off just buying seedlings since I didn't get any of mine to pollinate last year (meaning, I must have done something wrong)?

    Bookmark   July 2, 2009 at 3:14PM
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columbiastock(Z7)

Assumed you are going to plant the seeds in the ground in a row. Should take less than a week to come up. Not sure what happen last year. A few years ago out of 30 tomatoes I had growing, one that was beautiful, 8ft tall, not one tomato.

    Bookmark   July 2, 2009 at 4:06PM
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dvtown(6b)

May be too much nitrogen which makes lots of foliage and fewer blooms?

    Bookmark   July 2, 2009 at 4:09PM
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tn_veggie_gardner(7)

I got 100+, if not more open blooms, but never a single one turned into a cuke. :-\

    Bookmark   July 2, 2009 at 6:27PM
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dvtown(6b)

Do you trellis them or let them run on the ground? I've picked over 30 so far this season with my trellised cucumbers. I think getting them off the ground helps.

    Bookmark   July 2, 2009 at 10:26PM
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tn_veggie_gardner(7)

They were done neither way. 4 plants in 18 inch 20 gallon container. I think that was the problem, maybe...they were too bunched together. Know anyone who has some extra plants? =) I don't think i'll be able to buy some anytime soon.

    Bookmark   July 3, 2009 at 12:33AM
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madmouser(7 TN)

You may have a shortage of bees. The male and female flowers have to be open at the same time and the pollen has to get from one to the other. It's your basic birds and bees stuff. You may have to do the work yourself with a small paintbrush.
Some tips on pollinating at the website link

Here is a link that might be useful: Pollinating info

    Bookmark   July 3, 2009 at 10:11PM
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