Cucumber suddenly sick

Asked August 18, 2017, 5:07 PM EDT

Plz see photo. Does this look like mosaic? Should I destroy these asap? These have been very productive and this happened almost literally overnight- 36 hrs or so. Have had bug problem on zucchini but these were not infested. Thanks, Barbara

Baltimore County Maryland

1 Response

This doesn't look like mosaic virus. These could have gone down from any one or a combination of the common leaf diseases in cucumber (anthracnose, angular leaf spot, etc.). From the time cucumbers start producing, you can expect about 3-4 weeks of really good fruiting, but then the plants decline. These look finished for the season. You could pull them and consider planting fall crops. The following link to our vegetable planting calendar provides some good suggestions for what to plant now.