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PostPosted: Feb 22nd, '15, 21:25 
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I didn't take picture yet, but here's the scoop. My cuke vines are finally growing and not succumbing to powdery mildew. Spraying with GFF 2x per week has kept all fungus and disease at bay. Blooming like crazy, leaves look great. Mostly male blooms...I think that's normal. I finally started getting female flowers/fruit about a month ago, and then they promptly yellow and die before they open. All other fruiting plants are doing great. Toms, peppers, greens all look great. Any suggestions? It may be a zucchini...I can't remember when I threw a few seeds in the tray. Thanks!


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PostPosted: Feb 23rd, '15, 03:10 
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Seriously, this cant be healthy.
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I've found that it can be a variety thing.

Some of my cukes have been going great producing more than we could eat or give away but others not so much. I've got the same problem with some of my other plants in like the scarlet runner bean, water melon and pumpkins. Loads o flowers but no fruit.

I've been assuming its a calcium thing but I've added heaps with a bit of Mg and K to try and boost things against the high nitrates I've had and its not working as well as I would like.

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Considering I only have 2, and they're both the same variety...you're probably right. I do see a new one that looks slightly further along then the old ones. crossing my fingers.


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Before I started adding calcium, Mg and K I think the cukes that were growing were the Market More and another variety I can't remember off the top of my head but the spiny cucumber just sat there doing nothing.

As I've lifted the concentration of Ca, K, and Mg the Spiny cucumber has taken off growing like a mad thing. Even starting from behind (MM was ~5' when the SC was 5") it has caught up and is now to the gutter, hanging down about 3' with 2-3' side shoots coming off it all over the place. I had it under control last Thursday but I went away over the weekend and now it has gone beresk.

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I'm trying to grow mine up a string, like a tom...but it's not easy. The stem gets too big? I can't let it grow outside the GH...too cold.


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Too fat?

Too long?

I read a while ago to take cukes up a string to the gutter level and then one shoot back down each side of the up shoot.

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They will be too long/tall. My GH is only about 7.5' high at that point.


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My flowers set and die when its too hot here. Whats your air temperature like? Also do you have bees around to pollinate them?


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Rue, that could also be the culprit. It get over 100F in GH daily. Even if I open doors and side curtains. Last week we were down to 40's in GH(mid 20's outside), and it still reached 100F. That could be an issue too I suppose. Doesn't seem to bother all the other fruiting plants.


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