I have grown them for years and never had them all end up like this. They are in all sizes but they are still all this shape. What is wrong with them?
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Wow I feel a little stupid! That powdery stuff on them is mildew? Are they safe to eat?
The fruits should be just fine to eat. Maybe a little less flavorful, but still safe to eat. It does look like powdery mildew, but without seeing a closer up picture, it's hard to say definitively. Here's an article for PW and its removal: http://www
Is it common for mildew to turn ALL of your cucumbers into round melons? Hmm, this is new to me...
Cucumbers also love high humidity (as opposed to tomatoes). They also are not prone to blight (see comment further down by person who thought they were). Completely different plant family so blight hits tomatoes and potatoes.
It's been pouring rain every afternoon here.
Blight does not affect cucumbers, and blight on both tomatoes and potatoes is seen when dark brown patches appear on the leaves, followed by mould, stems breaking etc. Yellow leaves not a known sign of blight. High humidity and lots of rain a cause.
Cucumbers can get blight-http://homeguides.sfgate.com/treat-cucumber-blight...
So many different plant diseases....If you have noticed tomato leaf spots and the lower leaves turning yellow, you may have tomato early blight-http://www.gardeni
Sorry I agree in hindsight that cucumbers can get blight, but it is a different strain to tomato blight which only effects solanum crops, (which I don't think cucumbers are, but does include potatoes, aubergine, and members of the nightshade family.)
I've been gardening for years and I still refuse to believe that a little mildew turns your cucumbers into melons!
I want to add that we have now eaten 2 and they taste just fine. They even have a little sweet taste to them.
If the seeds came from plants that crossbred with a melon, that would also explain the "sweet" taste...
I agree with mistyhorizon2003, the fungi that cause blight are different species from the fungi that cause powdery mildew. Yellow leaves on cucumber leaves may be a sign of poor nutrition, water stress and powdery mildew. You can't mistake mildew.