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Too late to start pickling cucumbers from seed?

Posted by tn_veggie_gardner 6 (My Page) on
Wed, Jul 1, 09 at 18:16

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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RE: Too late to start pickling cucumbers from seed?

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!


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RE: Too late to start pickling cucumbers from seed?

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.


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RE: Too late to start pickling cucumbers from seed?

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)?


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RE: Too late to start pickling cucumbers from seed?

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.


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RE: Too late to start pickling cucumbers from seed?

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


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RE: Too late to start pickling cucumbers from seed?

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


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RE: Too late to start pickling cucumbers from seed?

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.


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RE: Too late to start pickling cucumbers from seed?

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.


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RE: Too late to start pickling cucumbers from seed?

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


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