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Post  Cobaltkitchen on 9/29/2012, 2:28 pm

Hello, just joined this group and recently started SFG, though have been gardening in downtown Phoenix for years. I had a huge trellised "cutting cucumber" from last spring that made it through the summer, though without setting fruit once we reached the 100s. It was just starting to produce tiny cucumbers again, when it suddenly started wilting and died. When I pulled it out, the roots looked knobby, like nut grass bulbs instead of the fine hair-like structure I'd expect. Does anyone know if this was a disease or insect related? And must I plant the new cucumbers in a different location? The Armenian cucumers produced heavily all summer in another bed, but had also started to wilt when I pulled them out, although the roots didn't seem to be lumpy like the other plant. Thanks for any advice!
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Post  camprn on 9/29/2012, 3:29 pm

Sounds like nematode trouble. Do you have a photo?

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Post  Pollinator on 9/29/2012, 10:56 pm

Cobaltkitchen wrote:It was just starting to produce tiny cucumbers again, when it suddenly started wilting and died. When I pulled it out, the roots looked knobby, like nut grass bulbs instead of the fine hair-like structure I'd expect.

Here in South Carolina, I'd say it is root knot nematode - it's a common problem in sandy soils. I don't know if you have it in Arizona.

Three aids to fighting it: 1. Dwarf French marigolds interplanted with the veggies. 2. Lots of compost. and 3. Predatory beneficial nematodes, which can be purchased from garden suppliers. Google for Mononchoides fortidens for suppliers. Here's an article about them: Mononchoides fortidens
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Post  cheyannarach on 10/1/2012, 2:43 am

Are you using Mel's mix?
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