Cucumbers are turning orange - Knowledgebase Question

Richmond Hill, NY
Question by dreamiebloo
July 26, 2007
The fruit on my cucumber plant started to grow a normal green color. After a few days it turned orange-yellow and stopped growing in size. They are about the size of a lime. Why did this happen? How do I avoid it?

Answer from NGA
July 26, 2007


Based on your description I am not certain what is happening to your cucumbers. I wonder if you may have inadvertently planted pickling cucumbers, or the heirloom lemon cucumber, or some type of small summer squash. With cucumbers, turning yellow or orange idicates it is over-ripened. You might try picking one sooner and see how that tastes? In the meantime, here is a photo someone took of the lemon cucumber, I havbe grown them and it really matches your description quite well.

I hope this helps.

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