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Atlanta
GeorgiaNewbie
Jul 5, 2017 11:30 AM CST
I've read that you pick cucumbers based on: time on vine, length, color.

I've grown some as large a 8+ inches, but the tops are dark green while the bottoms are still light green. Should I wait on these to get fully dark green, or will they just develop large seeds and go soft?

Thanks in advance for any help.

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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Jul 5, 2017 11:58 AM CST
Do the cucumbers taste good all the way to the top? If so, pick them when you are picking them.
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Name: Robyn
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robynanne
Jul 5, 2017 12:30 PM CST
I suggest doing an experiment. Pick some that way and leave some. Watch the ones you leave and see what they do. Once you pick those, compare the taste.

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McCannon
Jul 5, 2017 2:44 PM CST
Doesn't incomplete pollination cause that problem sometimes?
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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Jul 5, 2017 5:54 PM CST
Incomplete pollination usually happens later in the season and looks like the cucumber got strangled in the middle. This cucumber looks like it might have been picked a wee bit early but if it tastes good, it doesn't matter.
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Name: Yardenman
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Yardenman
Jul 6, 2017 12:55 AM CST
Cucumbers can actually be picked at any size. If they are ungood when older, pick them younger. The benefit of home-grown is to harvest them at best taste whatever size they are.

On the more technical side, it is easy to use fertilizers that don't last and that can result in uneven growth. I use organic slow release fertilizers. For fruiting and root crops like cukes carrots, and tomatoes, I use a 2-6-6. For lettuces, corn, and other leafy crops, I use a 6-2-2.
Atlanta
GeorgiaNewbie
Jul 6, 2017 7:21 AM CST

I haven't picked these and my plants are swarming with bees (and ants). I'll let them keep going and see what happens. A few smaller ones (on my horizontal plant) have gone all green.

DaisyI said:Incomplete pollination usually happens later in the season and looks like the cucumber got strangled in the middle. This cucumber looks like it might have been picked a wee bit early but if it tastes good, it doesn't matter.


Name: Philip Becker
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Philipwonel
Jul 6, 2017 4:40 PM CST
Howdy there Newbie. 😁
What variety are you growing ? Large, pickling, etc ?
Mis-shaped cucks, usually means, pour pollinazation.
Whats your younger cucks look like ???
To me ! It looks like your letting them get to mature/old, from the big dimples on them.
Pick them small, at nice shape.
There, related to squash. And ! The more you pick them ! The more they will grow ###!!! Thumbs up
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Atlanta
GeorgiaNewbie
Jul 10, 2017 1:49 PM CST
Phil,

I planted Burpless hyrbids. I gave a few to my neighbor for pickling and she said I had picked them too early. The cukes I get from my vertical plant (not staked, crawling along the ground) don't get as big as the ones that are growing up a cage, but they turn dark green. The large ones that grow on my caged plant don't turn all the way dark green, but I get the white lines near the bottom. I guess I'm just going to leave the big ones on the vine until they either turn dark green or yellow!


Philipwonel said:Howdy there Newbie. 😁
What variety are you growing ? Large, pickling, etc ?
Mis-shaped cucks, usually means, pour pollinazation.
Whats your younger cucks look like ???
To me ! It looks like your letting them get to mature/old, from the big dimples on them.
Pick them small, at nice shape.
There, related to squash. And ! The more you pick them ! The more they will grow ###!!! Thumbs up
Trust Me ! 😁😁😁
Philip 😎😎😎


Name: Philip Becker
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Philipwonel
Jul 10, 2017 5:17 PM CST
Humph ! Shrug!
Well blarney, me. I aint ever seen pickles with them big o' dimpiles.
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