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landsmil01

(Zone 6a)

May 29, 2012
11:51 AM

Post #9143482

I just had 2 cucumber plants wilt and die. I checked for cucumber beetles and saw none. The only thing I could see was that there was a band of roly poly insects around the plants. The weird thing is one of the plants was in a mound with another plant and the second one is just fine. The plants were about a foot long and had been doing fine. The leaves were not chewed on and the plants looked healthy. Any idea what may have caused this?

One plant was Marketer and the other was White Wonder.


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NicoleC

NicoleC
Madison, AL
(Zone 7b)

May 29, 2012
12:42 PM

Post #9143559

Could also be either drought stress or too much water, even next to each other. When you pulled it up, did the roots look intact, healthy and large enough? Did anything show signs of rot or nibbling?
landsmil01

(Zone 6a)

May 29, 2012
1:17 PM

Post #9143608

Thanks for your reply! I had no idea what to look for next. I just pulled them both as you said. One of them had a semi-circle around the underside of the stem at about ground level just where it was hard to see if you weren't looking for it and was almost chewed through, but not quite. The second one had a split at about ground level. The roots looked good at about 4-6 inches and several shoots from the main one. Nothing looked nibbled or damaged as far as I could tell.

Wow! It looks so obvious now.
Vashur
Wichita, KS
(Zone 6b)

May 29, 2012
1:50 PM

Post #9143634

I don't live too far away and have been having more trouble than usual with the cutworm types... I blame the warmer than usual winter but I am not sure for the official reason. Dipel helps on most things but there is some worm type eating on the new roots of a rhubarb I am trying to start. Dipel was ineffective so I drenched the plant in Eight(permethrin). I'm not sure if it will survive.
landsmil01

(Zone 6a)

May 29, 2012
1:58 PM

Post #9143646

Thanks for the tips! I will watch out for those cutworms. I have noticed a huge amount of tiny grasshoppers as well, especially around the flowers and garden. I expect since the lack of rain they are heading straight for the green leaves. I am going to need something to try and stop them before they overwhelm my garden again. Unfortunately, they got my corn last year.

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