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pclark42pclark42 Posts: 185
Well only 6 of my cucumber seeds germinated and one of them wasn't growing very well at all, I grew some Courgettes at the same time, and 12 of them grew into strong young plants, I eventually thought they needed to be put outside as the Courgettes were getting rather large, I hesitated with the Cucumbers for another 7 days, but then put them alongside the Courgettes, over the next 2 weeks I kept an eye on them, the small Cucumber seemed to fade and die quite quickly, then a second one perished, then I noticed another was missing, and now I only have one Cucumber plant. I have not seen any slugs but have put pellets down, I even sprayed with Cabbage white caterpillar spray just in case, but they seem to have been eaten. Does anyone have the answer for me? I am growing 12 more in the polytunnel, and I am afraid they may go the same way.

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  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 87,904
    edited May 2020
    Slugs. 

    And temperatures are way too low for cucumbers courgettes and squashes to be planted out yet. They will have struggled and probably died whether or not the slugs got them. 

    Mine won’t be going out until some time in June ... when night time temperatures are reliably in the teens. 

    And when you plant the others out you need to go out late every evening with a torch and a pair of scissors or a bucket of salt water and find and dispatch all marauding molluscs. 

    Good luck. 😊 

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.





  • Nanny BeachNanny Beach Posts: 8,717
    Yes, Dove is absolutely correct, way too early to go out, did you actually manage to harden them off?
  • pclark42pclark42 Posts: 185
    Oh heck.only learning, I'll start again thanks for advice 
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 87,904
    We’re all learning ... just some of us have been learning longer than others 😉 

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.





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