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by eClaire on April 12, 2006 07:59 AM
Hello all

I tried to start some cucumbers from seed indoors, and am only left with 3 plnats that survived. The plants all have very "leggy" stems, and some are damaged slightly, but they have grown their 3rd set of leaves, just on a very long stem.

My question is: will they survive with a stem like this? They seem to be growing, but are very fragile.

Thanks! (sorry about the bad pictures, they are from my cell phone)
[IMG]http://i67.photobucket.com/albums/h292/cfoust/cuc3.jpg http://i67.photobucket.com/albums/h292/cfoust/cuc1.jpg[/IMG]

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by eClaire on April 12, 2006 08:00 AM
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by eClaire on April 12, 2006 08:01 AM
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by Deborah L. on April 12, 2006 08:29 AM
They look like they just need some sunshine now.
Your pictures are fine !
I would plant them very carefully and keep them moist in some good sunlight. Maybe not strong sun though, to start.
There are other posts about cucumbers and that they do best planted directly in the soil. I planted mine in seed trays too though.

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by markr on April 12, 2006 08:36 AM
claire
im not sure wether they will?
going by the size of the leaves they should only be about 2 inches tall.
it looks as though they dont get enough light, and maybe too much heat!
if you have any seeds left, i would re sow.
but this time once they have sprouted remove from the heat and give them as much light as possible.
there's plenty of time for cucs so no need to panic!!

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by comfrey on April 12, 2006 11:03 AM
The easiest way to grow cucumbers is to sow them in the ground directly...they really do not like to be transplanted, So if it was me, I wouldn't waste the seed starting over indoors. I would just sow them directly outdoors where ever you want them to grow (It needs to be above 40 degrees night time temperature outside)...be sure to keep them mosit daily until they sprout.

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by weezie13 on April 12, 2006 11:32 AM
I agree with Comfrey...
They dislike being transplanted..
Last year I direct seeded, and had wayyyyyyyy happier plants, and not as many cucumber beetles being drawn to them because of being sick...

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Don't forget to be kind to strangers. For some who have
done this have entertained angels without realizing it.
- Bible - Hebrews 13:2

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by johnCT on April 12, 2006 07:55 PM
They are best seeded directly in the garden. Most cucurbits are, i.e. squash, cukes, melons, pumpkins.

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by eClaire on April 13, 2006 05:02 AM
Thanks! I stuck em in the ground and re-seeded, we'll see what happens.

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by comfrey on April 13, 2006 11:28 AM
Good Luck Claire, Let us know how you do with the direct seedling.

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by johnCT on April 13, 2006 10:33 PM
Just make sure to look out for late frost. They are not at all hardy and will need to be protected. Good luck.

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by weezie13 on April 14, 2006 01:07 AM
Cap them with a cut off clear/see thru plastic juice bottel, cut it off, almost right at the bottom, that will give you the whole length of the juice bottle for the heigth of your plant..
Keep the juice bottle top too, that way, over night you can re~cap it if it gets too cold or freezing temps...
JUST REMEMBER TO TAKE IT OFF IN THE MORNING,
SO THEY DON'T FRY!

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Weezie

Don't forget to be kind to strangers. For some who have
done this have entertained angels without realizing it.
- Bible - Hebrews 13:2

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by eClaire on April 14, 2006 06:51 AM
Thanks! It was 85 here today and our nightly temps are supposed to stay in the high 50's-low 60's, so hopefully they'll do ok. They look good so far....and so do my squash, which I transplanted as well.

Thanks for the bottle tip Weezie - what a great idea! Is that only for frost protection?

I also had another question about cuc's - is it better to grow them up as a vine, or let them spread out on the ground? I have read/heard both.

Thanks again

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by weezie13 on April 14, 2006 06:59 AM
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Thanks for the bottle tip Weezie - what a great idea! Is that only for frost protection?

Yes, frost protection...
And early planting if you are still experiencing cold temps at night time..
*like us up here. [Roll Eyes] *

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I also had another question about cuc's - is it better to grow them up as a vine, or let them spread out on the ground? I have read/heard both.


I did them up a rabbit fencing thing and had great luck with them..
Also did an experiment with them and made a half moon shape and tucked on end in the dirt and the other end, then they grew up there, and planted stuff like a lettuce under it, for some dappled shade..

Here's a picture *it didn't have the lettuce at the time of the picture, but should give you the general idea of what I did..*
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Weezie

Don't forget to be kind to strangers. For some who have
done this have entertained angels without realizing it.
- Bible - Hebrews 13:2

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http://photobucket.com/albums/y250/weezie13/
by weezie13 on April 14, 2006 07:09 AM
Here's another one, not sure if you can
really see how it's done, but ther'es two stakes,
with the fencing up attached, **I just measured, cut, and bent it around the post... **
and the cukes' grew up those..

For me, I grow them up the fencing because of limited space, I have 5 raised beds, and space is tight for the amount of what I plant..
*I could have about 10 more beds though and still not enough room.*

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I like them better up the fence, then there's not much dirt of them..
But either is okay system...

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Weezie

Don't forget to be kind to strangers. For some who have
done this have entertained angels without realizing it.
- Bible - Hebrews 13:2

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by Amigatec on April 14, 2006 08:38 AM
I prefer to grow mine on a fence or cage, I like the idea of keeping them off the ground.

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by comfrey on April 14, 2006 11:12 AM
I normally grow mine on the ground, but this year I am growing them on fence wire, On the ground you have to bend over and dig around in those itchy leaves to find your cukes, growing them up on something no more bending over and digging around in those itchy leaves, and hoping not to see some critter under those leaves when on the ground like a snake.

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by eClaire on April 15, 2006 07:36 AM
Thanks for the advise, they are planted near our fence, so we are going to use wire mesh attached to the fence angled down, and I like Weezie's idea of planting stuff underneath! I'll post pictures when its up and running [Smile]

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