For the past three years I have had problems with bitter tasting cucumbers...

Asked July 23, 2014, 9:58 PM EDT

For the past three years I have had problems with bitter tasting cucumbers and broccoli. Can you provide me with any recommendations for fixing this? Would a soil test be useful in diagnosing this problem? By the way I have not had any trouble with zucchini which I think is similar to cucumbers. Thank you for any advice. Sincerely, Jason Neuman

Stearns County Minnesota vegetables

1 Response

It's important to provide a steady supply of moisture to developing plants, particularly in hot weather. Uneven moisture is responsible for blossom-end rot, a common malady of tomatoes and occasionally squash. It also causes knobby potatoes and may also influence the flavor of carrots and cucumbers, rendering them bitter-tasting.