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Gardenewbie
Apr 26, 2017 3:26 PM CST
I planted a cucumber plant in a large pot this past Saturday. I've been watering and allowing to it have plenty of sun throughout the day. This afternoon my leaves look weird. Any ideas, suggestion?
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plantmanager
Apr 26, 2017 3:38 PM CST
It looks very healthy to me! The first few leaves are not the true leaves. The "odd" ones are the true leaves. I haven't grown them in years, but they look like what I remember. It looks like a number of plants germinated. To prevent crowding, you need to separate them and plant them in the ground or another pot, or pinch out a few.
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greene
Apr 26, 2017 6:18 PM CST
Looks like about 12 cucumber plants. You only need one or two per pot then pinch out the weaker one and keep the strong one. Also, looking at the edge of the pot it looks like your planting medium has been allowed to get very dry. Keep an eye on the watering; keep it consistent.
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sooby
Apr 26, 2017 6:41 PM CST
In addition to there being multiple seedlings and the potting mix looking very dry as has been noted, I'm wondering if the leaves looking weird refers to the pale or whitish areas on them. If this isn't a reflection or camera effect, I would guess they have been getting too much sun before they have become used to it. If they've been in a greenhouse or under lights they need to gradually be accustomed to full sun and not out in it all day to start with.
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DaisyI
Apr 26, 2017 7:00 PM CST
I agree with Sooby
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Name: Karen
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plantmanager
Apr 26, 2017 7:05 PM CST
You may be right, Sooby. I was figuring the white areas were just reflections.
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dyzzypyxxy
Apr 26, 2017 7:47 PM CST
I think you need to water thoroughly, then lift out that whole clump of plants, very carefully tease them apart and plant each one in its own pot. (get pots ready for them all, with moist potting mix in each one, before you start) You want to disturb the roots as little as possible and don't let them dry out in transition. Then keep the pots in the shade for a few days before you gradually move them out to the sun again.

You're going to have lots and lots of cucumbers if they all make it! The roundish leaves are the seed leaves or cotyledons and they would naturally turn brown and fall. The pointy leaves are what the plant will continue to grow.
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Gardenewbie
Apr 28, 2017 12:26 PM CST
Thanks for the advice Everyone. I have thinned out the plants and only have 2 in this pot. And I was a little difficult to separate, but I think they will survive. Also, yes, I was rferring to the whitish spots on the leaves. It probably was too much sun too fast. I just saw full sun on on the information card. So, in the future how do I gradually increase the sun on new plants from the greenhouse?
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DaisyI
Apr 28, 2017 12:39 PM CST
Transition from the GH to a shady area in your yard. I used to move mine from the GH to the top of my picnic table under huge oaks. After a couple days, increase the amount of sun. It will take week or two to get them into full outdoor sun.
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