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kw_lakecity
Lake City, FL
(Zone 8b)

November 12, 2012
12:00 PM

Post #9331271

Hello, everyone. I am very discouraged with my cucumber plants. First off, I'm in North FL, zone 8b.
My cucumber vines were doing great, then the bottom leaves started yellowing and dying. I attributed this to being in the shade of the top leaves. They continued to grow and produced lots of male flowers. Well, now the majority of my vines are wilted and flowers are shriveled up.
This morning I discovered 2 tiny little cukes on a good vine. I took a picture of it. Just about 5 hours later, I went to check again and now that plant is wilted! In just a matter of HOURS! I took another picture so you can see the difference.
I took out a bunch of bad looking vines and watered the rest.
Is there any hope for these little cukes?

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1lisac
Liberty Hill, TX
(Zone 8a)

November 12, 2012
7:17 PM

Post #9331643

The first thing that pops into my mind is Spider Mites or Root Knot Nematodes. Do you see any webbing or are they planted in sandy soil?
kw_lakecity
Lake City, FL
(Zone 8b)

November 12, 2012
8:29 PM

Post #9331688

I checked for bugs very closely and only found 2 green worms, which I got rid of. No webbing present and they are planted in miracle gro soil. I just can't understand how the whole plant wilted in a matter of hours. It wasn't from the sun because it was overcast today. I hope I can report better news tomorrow.
kw_lakecity
Lake City, FL
(Zone 8b)

November 13, 2012
5:50 PM

Post #9332480

Well, I think all the cucumber plants are a bust. The cuke pictured now has a hole chewed in it. Ugh..so frustrating.
vance2804ibr
Hartsville, SC
(Zone 8a)

November 13, 2012
6:48 PM

Post #9332517

Are they in a container?
kw_lakecity
Lake City, FL
(Zone 8b)

November 15, 2012
1:51 PM

Post #9334078

No, I have a small 4' by 4' garden plot out back. Hoping to expand next year.
Jim41
Delhi, LA

November 16, 2012
9:45 PM

Post #9335211

Look at the plant at soil level and see if you have a small hole bored into the plant. I have lost some over the years to bores. To check for nematode damage, pull up one of the plants and see it there nodules on the roots.

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