Picking Cucumbers Died - Knowledgebase Question

Pittsburgh, PA
Question by hasleypb
July 29, 2000
This has been a great year for my vegy garden due to plenty of rain and warm weather. Pumkins, zucchini, beets, sunflowers, asparagus, nasturtiums, peppers, cabbages, swiss card, carrots, potatoes, etc etc have all done well. The one plant that made a poor showing were my pickling cucumber plants. They grew to about 5 inches off of the ground with leaves about 3 - 4 inches wide, but then shriveled up and died. Any ideas about what could have gone wrong?

Answer from NGA
July 29, 2000


There are numerous causes for cucumber plants to wilt suddenly, but cucmber beetles can infect them with bacterial wilt or fusarium, and vine borers will cause them to wilt suddenly, too.

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