Cucumber crop question

Planted standard cucumbers. Harvesting small pale, curled and some stumpy ones. Tastes good but not like regular cucumbers.

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  • Betsy Betsy on Jun 08, 2018
    Are you sure they are not pickling cucumbers as opposed to slicing cucumbers? If they are the slicing type, watering regularly and fertilizing should help, along with lots of sun. You may have to trim some of the leaves so the fruit will get more sun, but not too much so it will scald. It's cheaper to buy them, but oh so nice to run out into the yard and pick your own, knowing what was sprayed on them and they just taste better!
    • Estelle Estelle on Jun 08, 2018
      Thanks, planted from seed and they were regular eating cucumbers. Other answers probably answered the question. We had tremendous rainfall then scorching heat that dried the soil, nonstop.
  • Robin Robin on Jun 08, 2018
    The soil may be nutrient deficient for what the cucumber plant needs to produce. Cucumbers are heavy feeders. If plant has nice leaf growth and little fruit the soil more than likely has plenty of nitrogen and little calcium, potassium and phosphorus. You can try adding organic bone meal to the soil, also can scratch in some used coffee grounds, add some compost and worm castings to the soil as well to make it richer for the plant. Add to soil away from the stem where the roots are at the drip line of the plant. Hope this will help. Good luck.
  • Alice Alice on Jun 08, 2018
    A deformed cucumber can be contributed to improper pollination. Heat can also cause moisture stress in the cucumber. Cucumbers need plenty of water while setting and developing fruit. A lack of water during hot, dry conditions can cause the fruit to form in a peculiar shape.
    • Estelle Estelle on Jun 08, 2018
      That is probably the answer. we went from drenching downpours to blasting heat that dried out the soil. Will keep better eye next time around.
  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Jun 08, 2018
    This type of growth is usually caused by uneven watering patterns. Cukes are usually easy to grow and are minimal in maintenance, they just like to be fed and watered regularly.
  • Patsy Price Patsy Price on Jun 08, 2018
    If you purchased your plants, the label in the pkg. May have gotten changed and you didn't get the plants you thought you were getting.
  • Betsy Betsy on Jun 08, 2018
    That'll do it. Since they are a water based plant, they need a lot of water. Hope your crop is better this year.
  • 27524803 27524803 on Jun 09, 2018
    We live in AZ and during our hot summer.. we watered the cukes every day... and kept them under a shade cloth canopy... FYI... we trained our onto a trellis... to help keep them out of the dirt.
  • Betsy Betsy on Jun 12, 2018
    That'll do it:)
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