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Dying Cukes???

Hello All,

I have recently been having a bit of a problem with my cucumbers. I currently have 6 plants in 2 separate pots (one terra cotta and one plastic), of two different varieties of cucumbers (which I have forgotten!). The plants are growing up a homemade "trellis" made of untreated wood against a fence. The plants have done very well so far this season, growing quickly, flowering and producing a few fruits. However, in the past week or so, I have noticed that the leaves at the bottom of the vines have begun to get spotted, wilt and die.

A bit of history: We have had a hot (multiple days of over 90) and dry summer so far. I have kept the plants well watered, however. I also, just a week ago, added a layer of organic cedar mulch to the pots to retain moisture. I am not sure if this is an over-watering (or "wet feet" problem) - I had a house-sitter last year kill many of my cukes by over-watering them for 2 weeks - or something else, like disease, etc...

I have attached links to pics below. Please let me know if any additional information would be helpful.

Any ideas and/or suggestions would be much appreciated.

Thank you,


    Super Green Thumb
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    I have not done much container growing. Is that basil :?: You would think if it were over watering, the basil would also be unhappy. :?: I'm thinking the three cucumber plants, plus the little plants, is to much. The cucumber maybe root bound also. Do the second knuckle test between watering. Stick your finger into the soil up to the second knuckle. If it's moist don't water.


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