Why Are My Pickling Cucumbers Yellow and Round?

I have planted pickling cukes and they are turning yellow and they are almost shaped like a ball, round. Can you tell me why they are yellow? Thank you.

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By Pauline Merry from Highland Springs, VA

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June 23, 20100 found this helpful

They sound like the lemon cucumbers I grew last year. You can see some here (apparently she grew hers in a container, I grew mine in a raised bed on a trellis):
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Did you buy plants, or start from seeds? I wonder if there was a mix-up. I've never had it happen with veggies, but I've had flowers come up the wrong color before.

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June 23, 20100 found this helpful

It seems you must have what is called 'Lemon Cucumbers'. I like them. Taste very much the same asd the regular cukes, a bit lighter taste.

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June 23, 20100 found this helpful

I planted a package of cantaloupe seeds once and grew Crenshaw melons. Maybe they were mispackaged.

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June 25, 20102 found this helpful

Did you plant any squash or gourds near by. They could have cross pollinated.

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July 1, 20160 found this helpful

Humm .. Maybe thats what happened to mine.. They cross pollinated with the watermelon plants i planted.

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At first my cukes were fine but now that I think about it once my watermelons flowering my cucumbers got fat and yellow...

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June 28, 20100 found this helpful

Check to see if you planted the correct seeds for picklers. If they are the regular ones, then the yellowing could be over ripe and needs to be picked. Sounds like an error in the seeds.

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June 26, 20121 found this helpful

Rounded cucumbers especially pickling cucumbers, mean that your soil is missing key nutrients, also poor irrigation can cause this problem. I learned this the hard way "by it happening to me!' My suggestion is to get a soil testing kit to find out what nutrients you are lacking. Also if your soil is hard and poor quality it can cause the water and fertilizer you put on not to soak enough into the roots.

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make sure to soak them deeply and often if your soil is hard. I would suggest next year to put in some soil ammendments, like some top soil, natures helper soil conditioner, garden lime and maybe even a little sand, to raise the ph and loosen it up a bit.

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July 31, 20190 found this helpful

The same thing is happening to me. I think it is mostly on the plants where the leaves have white mildew. Ive been picking the round balls off and eating them. Mine are very mild. We bought our plants at a greenhouse. Im trying to save the plants by spraying a combination of water and baking soda on the leaves. Im getting new growth and have also harvested regular full grown cucumbers off the vines. Good luck!

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