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Jul 5, 2016 1:14 PM CST
Last spring I planted a tray of Bonnie cukes, and they made healthy vines and numerous blooms, but not a single cucumber. A wasted growing season. This year I planted with seed from Burpee, and what a bountiful harvest of cucumbers. Has anyone else had this experience with Bonnie plants?
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Name: Bob
Vernon N.J. (Zone 6a)
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Jul 5, 2016 7:44 PM CST
Not cukes , but peppers and tomatoes have been fine.
Name: Rick R.
near Minneapolis, MN zone 4a
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Jul 5, 2016 8:45 PM CST
Were they cukes of some variety sold by Bonnie Plants, or their own selected type?

Sometimes cucumbers are male plants and female plants, and obviously, you need both. (But I always just assumed they didn't sell those anymore, unless they were heirloom.) How many did you plant, and how many actually grew?

Bonnie tomatoes (their own selected variety) are quite good. And I have always had good results from their vegetables.

Not sure why anyone plants vine crops as plants, though. They are always best from direct seeding.

Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
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Jul 6, 2016 6:36 PM CST
Bonnie sells all sorts of veggies each spring. I never have had any problems. Could have just been the variety that found it too hot, thus only set male blossoms. Still I would have expected that to straighten itself out given time.
Name: Daisy
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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Jul 6, 2016 8:03 PM CST
Variables: the seed company, the nursery, the weather, the growing conditions (water, fertilizer...), all play a part in how well plants faire in the greater sceme of things.

I have discovered that some nurseries/seed companies are always good for me and others are not. My daughter, who lives 15 miles away, has good luck with seed companies that I gave up on year's ago.

Go figure.


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