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Shrivelling baby cucumbers

Hello, first post!

I'm sure that this topic has been addressed many timess before but  I would be grateful for any advice.

I am growing two cucumber plants in the greenhouse ( I can't remember the variety but all female).  I am training them up a wire and have been nipping out the side shoots. I have had a fab couple of weeks with 6 or 7 lovely cucumbers.

However in the last week I have found that the baby cucumbers are yellowing and shrivelllling as they begin to form and I can't understand why. I think that I have been watering and feeding them correctly.

I have been googling this and the concensus seems to be lack of pollination but if I have an all female variety how can I ensure pollination?

I am sorry of this is such a basic question but if any one can offer me any further advice I would be very very grateful.

Many thanks, Linda


  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Posts: 11,391

    One thing to check for is that you haven't missed a cucumber hiding away somewhere on the plant.  If this happens seeds start to delvelop inside and the plant thinks it has done it's thing and new fruits drop off.  I find they also sometimes just do this for no reason for a few weeks but then start to produce again.

    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • LindypopsLindypops Posts: 3

    Thank you so much for the response Bob, that makes sense - very helpful!  I will make sure that I have removed all maturing cucumbers and wait to see what happens.

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