Wednesday, May 22, 2013

killing a cucumber...

I had a nice cucumber plant growing...
 
but it had sores on the bases of the stems...
 
 
i sought advice on what it might be...the prevailing thought was that it might have vine borers within the stem...the issue with this, is that typically to have something like borers, the leaves typically are dieing and yellowing on the ends...but, this cuke was pretty and starting to bud.
 
i decided to cut off the stem with the least amount of blooms and dissect it.
 
 
i sliced up the stem at the bad spot...i was really ready for the borer...nothing was in the stem...
 
 it was just a sore spot on the stem. this is good, because this means the remainder of the plant and soil did not have to be removed and lost. this is bad, because i sacrificed half of a perfectly good cucmber plant...
ugh! :/
 

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