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How to Grow Cucumbers

By GrowOrganic.com on July 19, 2013

In this video, Tricia shares her tips on growing delicious cucumbers in your home garden, as well as tips to battle cucumber beetles, bitterness and misshapen cucumbers.

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L

This is another great video.  So, if there are larvae at the base of the plant, would you treat them with Bti or Predatory Nematodes?

Posted by Leslie on Aug. 16, 2017 at 4:27:30 PM

Leslie, not sure what type of larvae you are referring to. I can’t make recommendations on what to use, if you know what is infesting your cucumbers, you can search our website for products that are labelled to control your pest.

Posted by Suzanne at GrowOrganic.com on Aug. 18, 2017 at 9:30:31 AM

L

In the video, Tricia was talking about cucumber beetles.  She mentioned that you can check at the base of the plant and actually see their larvae.  I have been under the impression that cucumber beetles will go far and wide to lay eggs, like Japanese beetles, and need to be eliminated in a very large area, with predatory nematodes.  However, Tricia seems to be saying that you can treat them in the immediate area of the plant.  I just wondered which treatment she is using - nematodes? or Bti?  Thanks for the help!

Posted by Leslie Parsons on Aug. 18, 2017 at 10:43:51 AM

Leslie, Cucumber beetle larvae feed on the roots of the plants, so you would need to dig around in the soil to find them.
Tricia talks about destroying the cucumber beetle larvae and I believe she means just hand picking them out. But there are some beneficial nematodes that are listed to control cucumber beetles (attacks the pupal stage). BT is not listed to control cucumber beetles.

One of the best ways to control cucumber beetles is to practice crop rotation. Often the cucumber beetle will overwinter in the area where cucumbers were grown. So make sure not to plant in the same area the following year. In addition to crop rotation, you can use row covers to protect the young developing cucumbers from beetles moving around the garden. Natural predators of cucumber beetles are wolf spiders and ground beetles (large all black beetle), so you can give them cover by adding mulch around your cucumber plants. Using a multi-pronged approach to controlling cucumber beetles is best.

Posted by Suzanne at GrowOrganic.com on Aug. 23, 2017 at 10:02:55 AM

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