nhoskins
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What happened to my cucumbers?

I have two nice raised bed gardens. In one, I have 9 cucumber plants which have been growing very well. I check them every day. Today I walked out and nearly fainted when I seen one of my plants was suddenly dead!

It went from perfectly healthy, to suddenly dead and wilted over night. So I look around and check the other plants, and the one next to it looks weird. The base of the vine is split. I took a close up picture of it. The others do not have any problems yet. The garden gets about 1" of rain/water a week and I suspect a vine borer for no other reason than I feel like I've eliminated all other possibilities.

What do you all think? Here is a picture of the dearly departed plant, and the stem of the nearby plant.

Nathan
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Re: What happened to my cucumbers?

Looks like the work of the dreaded squash vine borer. They usually pick on squashes, but cukes are in the same family and they will attack them as well:

https://www.vegedge.umn.edu/vegpest/CUCS/vinebor.htm

We have a thread about them going on here:

https://www.helpfulgardener.com/forum/vi ... =4&t=57906

Nothing you can do for the ones that have already been attacked, but look at the links to see ideas about trying to protect the untouched ones.
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