Cucumbers - Knowledgebase Question

St Petersburg, Fl
Question by postwright
March 10, 2009
My cucumber plants turn white and then die not long after planting. What is causing this?

Answer from NGA
March 10, 2009


There are several possible reasons. First, cucumbers are sensitive to soils high in nitrogen. For some reason, really rich soil annoys them and they turn white a die. The second most common cause is chilly nighttime temperatures. And, finally, there is a disease that can cause these symptoms. So my suggestion is to plant your cucumbers in plain garden soil in a spot that has never grown cucumbers before; plant disease resistant varieties; be prepared to place hot caps or other protection over the new plants if nighttime temperatures are predicted to drop below 40F

Best wishes with your plants!

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