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Prickly spikes on cucumber?

edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Greenfingered MoneySaving
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KittyCat1KittyCat1 Forumite
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edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Greenfingered MoneySaving
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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  • robnyerobnye Forumite
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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
    smile --- it makes people wonder what you are up to.... ;) :cool:
  • ALIBOBSYALIBOBSY Forumite
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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.

    ali x
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  • KittyCat1KittyCat1 Forumite
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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 :rotfl:
  • tripod2000tripod2000 Forumite
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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.
  • 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.

    ;) Felines are my favourite ;)
  • rosie383rosie383 Forumite
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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!
    Father Ted: Now concentrate this time, Dougal. These
    (he points to some plastic cows on the table) are very small; those (pointing at some cows out of the window) are far away...
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  • FarwayFarway Forumite
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    rosie383 wrote: »
    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
  • Trishh_2Trishh_2 Forumite
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    My baby marketmore look like gherkins :rotfl:
    :beer:
  • A._BadgerA._Badger Forumite
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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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    SazboSazbo Forumite
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    edited 5 August 2009 at 10:26AM
    trishh wrote: »
    My baby marketmore look like gherkins :rotfl:

    Mine look like gherkins too! My o/h said exactly that the other day. And they have prickles - the cucumber, not my o/h :rotfl: 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:o Amazing what you can learn - I love MSE! :money:

    Sazzy xxx
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