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Old 06-12-2012, 09:49 PM   #1
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Check out these cukes!

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One normal one and the others are bizarre! Especially the round orangey/yellow one!

Anyone else have them that grow this way? This is the third kind I've grown and they all do this. These were just called "pickling cucumbers" but I've tried Burpless and Boston cucumbers.

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Makes me wonder if it's something in your soil, or lacking? They are lovely though. They look like heirlooms!
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I'm scared to try the orangey one. We tried a funky one last year and it was bitter!
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I had that happen last year. It was due to periods of tons of heavy rain during the summer time. I made sure to water them daily and to fertilize our soil, but the sudden downpours messed up all my vegetables. The yellow ones are overly ripe. You can still cook them in stir fries with a sauce, and the seeds might be huge in them, but they're perfectly edible.
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I had my only pickleing cucumber so far look just like your yellow one! I know its not heavy rain(though I wish!) but dh did put quit a bit of ash in the garden so maybe thats it? Im still going to try it....i have a baby baby one that also looks funny. It has a tiny 'head' and a huge butt?
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I had my only pickleing cucumber so far look just like your yellow one! I know its not heavy rain(though I wish!) but dh did put quit a bit of ash in the garden so maybe thats it? Im still going to try it....i have a baby baby one that also looks funny. It has a tiny 'head' and a huge butt?
Yes, they "balloon" for various reasons. In my case, it was the water issue. Other people have had issues with their soil.
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LOL.. we got some last year that were ALL funky shaped. I read that it was poor pollination that causes misshapen ones. I just picked them off when I saw them b/c like pp said, they tasted bitter!
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I know it sounds wackey, but we read if you plant cucs near watermellons, they can cross-pollenate. I don't buy it. But, my mil said her moma had it happen a cpl times. I just don't know. I read it was scientifically possible, and read that it wasn't? DH says they got some really cucy/butter mellons from ths, but who knows. I think it may have been coincidence?
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Well that's only sort of right.. melons can't cross pollinate with a cuke, it's a little more complicated than that. They have to be of the same genus, for example I have four different varieties of summer squash planted next to each other this year and they could cross pollinate and make a very unusual mix next year if I saved the seed. But they would NOT cross with a pumpkin. I also have several varieties of watermelon growing which COULD cross pollinate but not with the other melon types like cantaloupes. Part of the reason it's so hard for us small time gardeners to save seed of these open pollination types is because they wouldn't stay true to type year after year. You don't see the change the first year, it's the second year from the seed harvested from the cross pollinated plant that would reveal the parentage.
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Well that's only sort of right.. melons can't cross pollinate with a cuke, it's a little more complicated than that. They have to be of the same genus, for example I have four different varieties of summer squash planted next to each other this year and they could cross pollinate and make a very unusual mix next year if I saved the seed. But they would NOT cross with a pumpkin. I also have several varieties of watermelon growing which COULD cross pollinate but not with the other melon types like cantaloupes. Part of the reason it's so hard for us small time gardeners to save seed of these open pollination types is because they wouldn't stay true to type year after year. You don't see the change the first year, it's the second year from the seed harvested from the cross pollinated plant that would reveal the parentage.
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