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    • KittyCat1
    • By KittyCat1 3rd Aug 09, 11:16 AM
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    Prickly spikes on cucumber?
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    • 3rd Aug 09, 11:16 AM
    Prickly spikes on cucumber? 3rd Aug 09 at 11:16 AM
    I've got a marketmore cucumber which has about five cucumbers growing from it,getting bigger every day,but they have little prickly spikes growing on them :confused:

    Is this normal??I've never grown cucumbers before so was quite surprised to find these prickly things on the cucumber.Will they disappear as the cucumbers grow bigger?
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    • robnye
    • By robnye 3rd Aug 09, 11:43 AM
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    • 3rd Aug 09, 11:43 AM
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    • 3rd Aug 09, 11:43 AM
    yes, once the cucumber has filled out along the whole length, cut it of and then rub over the little spikes, they will fall off

    ive had 3 of my already, went away last week and come back to another 8..... woopee
    smile --- it makes people wonder what you are up to....
    • ALIBOBSY
    • By ALIBOBSY 3rd Aug 09, 1:39 PM
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    • 3rd Aug 09, 1:39 PM
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    • 3rd Aug 09, 1:39 PM
    Only had one cuke of mine yet, but OH and kids said it was yummy (I'm not the biggest cuke fan). We had the little prickles and I was suprised as well lol. The things you learn when you grow your own .

    Got a second cuke on the way yay.

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    • KittyCat1
    • By KittyCat1 3rd Aug 09, 5:06 PM
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    • 3rd Aug 09, 5:06 PM
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    • 3rd Aug 09, 5:06 PM
    Thanks for the replies.

    Was getting worried as i've never seen that before on cucumbers,thought they were some kindof weird variety
    • tripod2000
    • By tripod2000 4th Aug 09, 9:42 AM
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    • 4th Aug 09, 9:42 AM
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    • 4th Aug 09, 9:42 AM
    The supermarkets don't think we can handle prickly cucumbers so we only see the smooth, uniform, bland and tasteless varieties.
  • parsonswife8
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    • 4th Aug 09, 10:54 AM
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    • 4th Aug 09, 10:54 AM
    Ours also had little prickles.
    They just rub off if you run a sharp knife blade from top to bottom all around, before washing them.
    • rosie383
    • By rosie383 4th Aug 09, 3:36 PM
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    • 4th Aug 09, 3:36 PM
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    • 4th Aug 09, 3:36 PM
    I only have lots of what look like wee tiny cucumbers behind some nice yellow flowers. Do you think they will eventually get bigger? They are being very slooooooow!
    • Farway
    • By Farway 4th Aug 09, 4:43 PM
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    • 4th Aug 09, 4:43 PM
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    • 4th Aug 09, 4:43 PM
    I only have lots of what look like wee tiny cucumbers behind some nice yellow flowers. Do you think they will eventually get bigger? They are being very slooooooow!
    Originally posted by rosie383
    They certainly will, just give them time & water
  • Trishh
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    • 4th Aug 09, 10:49 PM
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    • 4th Aug 09, 10:49 PM
    My baby marketmore look like gherkins
    • A. Badger
    • By A. Badger 5th Aug 09, 12:36 AM
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    'Ridge' (ie outdoor) cucumbers do tend to have small spines on them. Greenhouse ones don't.

    The ones you buy in a supermarket will have been grown indors - hence no spines.

    Hope that helps.
    • Sazbo
    • By Sazbo 5th Aug 09, 10:23 AM
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    My baby marketmore look like gherkins
    Originally posted by Trishh
    Mine look like gherkins too! My o/h said exactly that the other day. And they have prickles - the cucumber, not my o/h Forget which variety they are tho - one that's good for containers I think. We've had a couple so far and they are delicious - as already said; taste totally different from the bland, pappy supermarket offerings.

    I didn't know they had prickles either Amazing what you can learn - I love MSE!

    Sazzy xxx
    Last edited by Sazbo; 05-08-2009 at 10:26 AM.
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