I sowed cucumber Marketmore indoor in March and 4 came out fine. I sowed several outdoor in April and they didn't make it. Of 4 plants, two rotted off at the root; one was blown off by the wind just before it flowered; one was eaten by the snail.
I have no back up left. Shall I give up growing them all together?
I sympathise, but I agree that April was too early to plant them out!
I'll be sowing a few seeds direct on the plot later this week. I do this every year without success but keep trying. It's rather annoying as a plot neighbour does the same and always gives me some of his cucumbers!
I shall try again now. It's quite late and it may come to nothing. Will it be a hot summer for cucumbers I wonder?
My cucumbers are not looking great. I had 3 healthy plants- sown in pots on window sill, then put in coldframe to harden off, then planted out a couple of weeks ago. 1 was eaten by slugs (or snails), so replaced it with my spare one, and the second one the leaves appear to be breaking off.
I thought I'd be too late to sow some more, but will follow Bobby and Flighty's advice and try again. I hope they come to something- they are crystal apple and I was really looking forward to them!
Next time try bringing them on in a 2"-3" with a seed compost then pot up to a 5" pot and with a medium compost like M2. Get the plant nice and healthy and don'r rush to get them out. They will do fine in the pot until quite a nice size. The harden them off during the day and put back in cover at night for 3-4 days.
Then when they go out, you will have a good strong plant
Don't be in a rush to get any plant out. As long as the compost you have in the pot is sufficient to feed the plant, it will grow fine and be ok. It is just as well to grow in the pot as outside if the nutrients are sufficient.