Attached is a picture of a cucumber plant started in late May. It is grown in...

Asked July 27, 2014, 9:47 AM EDT

Attached is a picture of a cucumber plant started in late May. It is grown in a pot filled with local soil to which peat moss, lime and vege fertilizer was added in moderate quantity. It is watered every two to three days. Many blossoms have been produced but no fruit. Bees are present every day and seem to pollinate. Leaves have had brown edges from the beginning. Soil pH is about 5.8 to 6.5. What may be the problem and how can it be corrected. Thank you for your help.

Baltimore County Maryland cucumbers vegetables possible leaf scorch

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This looks like it may be a type of leaf scorch on the cucumber. It does not look like a disease problem. Also, The container looks a little small. Usually the base of the vines are shaded by the cucumber foliage. The base looks hot, dry, and somewhat shriveled. At this point all you can do is keep well watered and be patient for fruit. You may want to put some compost around the base of the vines to serve as a mulch. Maybe you can lightly shade the base of the plant.

Next season be sure to use the appropriate size container. Not sure what you referred to as local soil. There are several options for soil media in containers such as 50% compost and 50% soilless mix. You will have to fertilize and keep well watered. See our publication on growing vegetables in containers http://extension.umd.edu/sites/default/files/_images/programs/hgic/Publications/HG600%20Container%20... and our profile on cucumbers http://extension.umd.edu/learn/vegetable-profiles-cucumbers
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