What Causes Bitter Cucumbers?comments (3) April 11th, 2010
Lately I've run into a lot of talk about cucumbers and why some gardeners end up with bitter fruit while others don't. Unfortunately, many gardeners are putting the blame on one of my favorite practices of all-time; hand-pollination. So, I'm here to set the record straight. Hand-pollinating your plants will not make your cucumbers bitter.
Bitter cucumbers are all about cultural influences not pollination. More specifically, letting your plants dry out instead of keeping them evenly moist while the fruit is in production. Even if you apologize to them and promise never to miss watering again - it may already be too late. The soil fluctuating between very dry and wet again really messes with their heads and your salad will pay the price. Stressing your cucumbers out will cause them to become bitter. Now why does that sound familiar?
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