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Hello I am having problems with my Cucumbers, they are wilting and dying. Same happened last year. Sown indoors, hardened off, grow to approx 12” tied to bamboo, wilted and dying. Really careful with watering. Is it my compost, Verve grow bags used. Any help would be appreciated. Nick


  • pansyfacepansyface Posts: 21,924
    When you say “hardened off” what do you mean?

    Cucumbers have to be kept warm at all times. A minimum temperature (especially important to watch this at night) of 16°C.
    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
    If you live in Derbyshire, as I do.
  • nick.plantnick.plant Posts: 14
    Well, brought on indoors, then taken outdoors daytime, back in night time until until ready to be tied to bamboo in my greenhouse. Protected with polythene every night.
  • pansyfacepansyface Posts: 21,924
    With all the moving about, could the stem at ground level have been twisted or banged and allowed infection (neck rot) in?
    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
    If you live in Derbyshire, as I do.
  • nick.plantnick.plant Posts: 14
    Mmm maybe, however, I did have my cucumbers staked, to avoid movement.
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 84,026
    Sounds too cold for them ... mine will be indoors 24/7 for at least the next four weeks. 

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

  • LynLyn Posts: 21,996
    I sowed my seeds this week, they’ve all germinated but won’t see the outside world until 1st week in June,  then they’ll be in the GH. 
    Still time to sow some more.
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • Penny_ForthemPenny_Forthem Posts: 306
    Sorry to read of your problems.
    What variety are you growing?
    Will you be growing them on in a greenhouse or outside? Some are much more tolerant of cool conditions, while some are hot house divas.
    They all need, not just frost protection, but warmth, especially when the temps drop at night.
  • nick.plantnick.plant Posts: 14
    Carmen, Socrates, Passandra & Saturn. All in my Greenhouse, & where they will stay.
    Reading a few responses, looking like a little too early. Too cold. Will sow more today. Thanks for your help.
  • Penny_ForthemPenny_Forthem Posts: 306
    Good luck - let us know how you get on.
    My Carmen have just germinated!
  • JennyJJennyJ Posts: 8,909
    I haven't even sown mine yet. Once they germinate, they seem to get big very quickly.
    Doncaster, South Yorkshire. Soil type: sandy, well-drained
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