Vegetables and Fruit forum: Disease Resistant Bush Cucumbers

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May 9, 2017 7:27 AM CST
What is a good disease resistant bush cucumber? I have tried to grow cucumbers in a city pickers box the last three years and every year I get a few cucumbers and then the whole plant dies within a few days. I think it's bacterial wilt from cucumber beetles. Any suggestions on resistant bush types to plant and how to keep the cucumber beetles from killing my plants? I try to use organic pesticides but they don't seem to help.
Name: Rita
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May 9, 2017 9:41 AM CST
The only bush cucumber I have ever grown is Spacemaster Bush type. Seems to be the one sold around at the local nurseries each spring. No more disease prone than any of my other cucumber varieties.
Name: Sandy B.
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May 9, 2017 8:23 PM CST
Welcome to NGA, @Mguenette .

What variety (or varieties) have you tried? Hybrids are generally more resistant to disease than open-pollinated types. "Salad Bush" is supposed to be quite disease resistant, although I have no personal experience with that variety.

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Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
May 11, 2017 12:30 PM CST
Dust plant including stem. Stem is where cucumber beetles lay eggs.
If it rains reapply.
This year im going to try Kaolin Clay.
Google kaolin clay for garden. It sounds to good to be true !!!
Anything i say, could be misrepresented, or wrong.

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