Can anyone help with my cucumber problem?  I planted 5 seeds which all took and up to last weekend had lovely plants (4-5 inches high) but suddenly overnight the leaves wilted and the plants are dying.  I haven't kept them too dry or watered them too much and they are all in good light.  What's happened to them?



  • exactly the same thing happened to mine, they just keeled over. I have grown cucumbers before but not had this problem. can they be saved?

  • Sound's like they got cold

  • Heather4Heather4 Posts: 5

    Thanks Ceris - I'll sow more seeds this weekend!!

  • I'm having a similar issue, see photo below, plants been fine till now, left one looking wilted all of a sudden, right one looking a bit better, though surpirsed it's flowering already:


  • diggingdorisdiggingdoris Posts: 502

    My seedlings were only 3inches high but suddenly the stems started to wither nearest the soil and now they look dead, only 2 out of 5 surviving. I assumed I'd watered them too much. I'm gutted as my hubby started off some outdoor ones the same day, on the same windowsill, and we were having a competition. It's only my indoor ones that have been struck!

  • paull2paull2 Posts: 93

    Cucumbers hate to have cold and wet feet. We have all been guilty of sowing too early for them. Unless you have a consistently warm, humid environment why risk it until the weather warms up(hopefully) next month or so? They will grow fast enough when you do. 

  • joy sjoy s Posts: 6
    Mine are around 5/6 inches high, i put them in a growbag in the greenhouse, seemed to be ok but have developed spots on the leaves !! is that over or under watering?? Paull2 i probably will sow some more seeds just incase.... Last year all my cucumbers were bitter ??? why?
  • gatehillgatehill Posts: 35

    3 of the 4 I had in my greenhouse have now died - it was probably the frost 2-3 weeks ago. I resorted to buying a plant from the local garden centre yesterday.

  • They were possibly male plants Joy S, thats why they were bitter. After several dissapointments I now resort to buying plants from my local nursery labeled 'Fem 1'.

    They are all female so no messing about, - just resist getting one just yet as the weather is still too cold, unless you have constant heat in your greenhouse,- as they are so sensitive to cold. I also protect it from nursery to green house as this can also shock it.  I usually get a crop of 40+ long straight crisp cucumbers per  plant. I've spent the cold, wet and windy past few days getting my cucumber plant bed ready in the green house by digging in some well rotted stable manure and giving it a good drink untill the weather warms up a bit, (then i'll race out and get it!), so the soil should be warm and not too wet.  will try and get some photo's this year and post them. Good luckimage

  • joy sjoy s Posts: 6
    Thanks gatehill !! think i might just do what ceris has done - seems good to me !! ---- male plants yup that could be the problem - bitter !! Men who would have guessed that one ! image Thanks
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