Saturday, August 1, 2009

Bitter Fruit

On the (thankfully short) list of garden disappointments: Why are my cucumbers so bitter? Like inedibly so. I think an irrigation issue but have not had time to research. They are plentiful, so I'll try watering more and earlier, and picking them smaller.


  1. I am allergic to all melon, including cucumber, so I don't grow them, but I remember reading that some varieties require a different plant's male flower to fertilize the female flower, otherwise the fruit is bitter. Could it be that pollen from male flowers on the same plant fertilized your female flowers?

  2. I've never heard that, but it's really interesting. Still haven't had time to research.