Why are My Cucumbers Yellow and Bitter?

My cucumbers do not turn green; they are yellow and bitter. This is the second year this has happened, the fruit is large, the plants have many flowers, and are producing, but this yellow cucumber is all we get.


What can I do to correct this, or do I just give up?
Thank you.

Hardiness Zone: 8a

By jeanne from Warner Robins, GA

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June 3, 20102 found this helpful

Cucumbers are not meant to get large. Allowing them to get too big makes them yellow and bitter. All cucumbers start out green from the time the blossom drops off the immature fruit. For the best flavor, you should pick them when they are 4 to 5 inches long and still green.

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August 9, 20170 found this helpful

my cucumber are yellow from the get go

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August 15, 20180 found this helpful

I've planted and grown good, green cakes before. But like others stated, this year mine are mostly yellow. It's not from growing them too big or too ripe.


They start out yellow this year, and stay yellow. I've only grown cukes in this area, so no cross pollination. I've given up this year. I have a great crop of yellow, bitter, pithy cucumbers.

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June 3, 20100 found this helpful

I've had yellow cucumbers, they were called "lemon cucumbers." They were round and anywhere from light to bright yellow. If you do a google search, you'll find information.

I agree that cucumbers are best when they're younger. They'll have fewer seeds that way, too. What variety are you planting? Look at your seed packet (or the tag, if you purchased plants). Are they getting enough strong sun? The only yellow cucumbers I've had were the ones that were supposed to be yellow.


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August 7, 20160 found this helpful

Leaving them on the vine - over ripens - they turn from green to yellow and do not taste good

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June 3, 20100 found this helpful

Check out cucumber info from Organic Gardening at www.organicgardening.com/.../0,7518,s1-5-16-1576,00.html
It indicates that you need very even water supply and shade since you are in a hot zone. They suggest you give 50% shade to prevent bitter cucumbers in your type of area. Wish you all the best. We love cucumbers too.

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June 7, 20104 found this helpful

This happened to me when I planted squash plants near my cucumbers. They cross-pollinated and the results were off-color and not tasty.

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August 2, 20160 found this helpful

Squash cannot cross pollinate with cucumbers. Different species. Squash and other squash, yes, they can cross pollinate.

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September 5, 20160 found this helpful

same exact thing happened to me

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September 5, 20161 found this helpful

this happened to me when I planted my squash next to my cucumbers...turned yellow...they can cross pollinate

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