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Prickly spikes on cucumber?
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Old 03-08-2009, 11:16 AM
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Default Prickly spikes on cucumber?

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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Old 03-08-2009, 11:43 AM
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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
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Old 03-08-2009, 1:39 PM
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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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Thanks for the replies.

Was getting worried as i've never seen that before on cucumbers,thought they were some kindof weird variety
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Old 04-08-2009, 9:42 AM
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The supermarkets don't think we can handle prickly cucumbers so we only see the smooth, uniform, bland and tasteless varieties.
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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.
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Old 04-08-2009, 3:36 PM
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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!
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Old 04-08-2009, 4:43 PM
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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!
They certainly will, just give them time & water
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Old 04-08-2009, 10:49 PM
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My baby marketmore look like gherkins
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Old 05-08-2009, 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.
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Old 05-08-2009, 10:23 AM
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My baby marketmore look like gherkins
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!

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