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Cucumber Marketer - has succumbed to mildew?

Jenny_AsterJenny_Aster Posts: 935
edited July 2022 in Fruit & veg
Bother! My 3 plants raised from seed was doing so well.  Maybe I shouldn't have mulched them with grass clippings? Nothing has been treated with chemicals in the garden. 

When I watered them early this morning I didn't notice anything, I've just noticed and couldn't have failed to do so.

Do I need to destroy them?  :#:'( I've read mildew can cause a reaction if any future cucumbers are eaten.

Trying to be the person my dog thinks I am! 

Cambridgeshire/Norfolk border.


  • Pete.8Pete.8 Posts: 10,909
    edited July 2022
    They'll be fine
    Mine get it sometimes a little, it's due to humid/wet conditions followed by dry conditions (or vice versa) so is often related to watering and sometimes it just happens.
    Don't worry about the leaves  - cut them off near the stem when they start to go yellow.
    Hopefully the upper leaves are ok?

    They'll be fine to eat too :)

    Billericay - Essex

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  • Jenny_AsterJenny_Aster Posts: 935
    Thanks @Pete.8, goes to show it's good to question what a Google search throws up. 

    There're cabbages growing next to them and I've been meaning to tidy their bottom leaves that have gone yellow and manky. The mildew probably spawned from there. 

    Appreciate your help :)
    Trying to be the person my dog thinks I am! 

    Cambridgeshire/Norfolk border.
  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 29,636
    I just remove the affected leaves which are usually at the bottom.  It aids ventilation that way. 
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  • KiliKili Posts: 1,080
    I kept mine going as long as I could but the Powdery mildew just covered the plants. 8 plants now gone after getting the last of the cucumbers off them. 8 new plants on the go. Left it a bit late this  year.
    I always do another sowing about 6 weeks after the first as I always get powdery mildew every year on my cucumbers in the greenhouse so usually rip out the old infected lot, clean up and replant another 8 which usually succumb to powdery mildew at the end of the season  which at that point it matters not.

    'The power of accurate observation .... is commonly called cynicism by those that have not got it.

    George Bernard Shaw'

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