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mona
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 03, 2009 7:36 pm    Post subject: hello and why have I got bitter cucumbers Reply with quote

Hi everyone. Just joined Very Happy . I tasted my first cucumber but it is a bit bitter. anyone got any idea why this is?
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 03, 2009 8:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome Mona, I've never grown cucunbers but I'm sure someone can help you in this forum, may need more info though, grown inside or outdoors, which variety etc. I have a realy good book from Homebase €10.00 The vegitable & herb expert by Dr D G Hessayon. it says a sudden drop in temperature or soil moisture and a sudden increase in sunshine or pruning are all common causes. Jim
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 09, 2009 8:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

hi mona
just new member myself. Your cucumbers are bitter because they were fertilized by male flower.
You can either remove all male flowers before fertilization takes place...you will see there will be no little bulb behind it. Or next year buy seeds which are all female..F1 hybrids. Polly
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