Orange cucumbers? What went wrong?

Dallas, Texas
June 21, 2016 11:26am CST
I planted 2 baby cucumbers several weeks ago. They started off looking mainly green with some yellow stripes in them. I thought at the time, it was a matter of time before they would turn green. I couldn't have been more wrong. The thing was, they were already getting past the ripe stage and would continue to turn from green and yellow to bright orange and today I picked 3 of them, very orange in color because they were several weeks old. I read an article or two about this and discovered that cucumbers should be picked when green after they have had a chance to grow a bit after a good rain. They should not be allowed to just remain indefinitely on the vine or they would get orange and apparently many people discard the ones that are over the ripe stage. I am a novice gardener so I didn't know anything about growing cucumbers. My wife saw these and was under the impression they were some kind of different vegetable altogether, but I read the following article and discovered that I had just let them grow too long. I found one small green cucumber and cut it off the vine and it is the only one that looks like a real cucumber but it is not nearly as large as the other three. I certainly learned a valuable lesson from all of this. Next time I will pick them much earlier and not wait for them to look like something grown on Mars.
I was raised by parents who grew up in the depression. Furthermore they are both of Scottish descent, so wasting things always bothered them and I grew up with the same values. I guess I could have…
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@LeaPea2417 (21642)
• Toccoa, Georgia
21 Jun 16
That has happened to me in past gardens.
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• Dallas, Texas
21 Jun 16
My wife took one of them, peeled it and sliced it up and put it in some vinegar and salt and sugar and I tasted a slice. Actually it was pretty darn good.
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@LeaPea2417 (21642)
• Toccoa, Georgia
22 Jun 16
@lookatdesktop That is interesting.
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• Dallas, Texas
24 Jun 16
@LeaPea2417 But it still made me think about what they might look if grown on Mars. lol
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@nanette64 (17867)
• Fairfield, Texas
21 Jun 16
Yup, that was a learning boo-boo @lookatdesktop . When I started the organic farm, there was a lot to learn. There are some veggies that have been deliberately mutated; just like GMO seeds (where you plant them once and that's it; no more reproduction from the same plant). Always buy Heritage Seeds and when you pick your veggies, save the seeds; whether tomatoes, cucumbers, squash, whatever. You can replant those seeds for the following year. Just put the seeds on a paper towel to dry and then store in a paper sack in a cool, dry place.
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• Dallas, Texas
21 Jun 16
I don't want GMO plants if at all avoidable. Only trouble is, where I live, I don't have access to farmer's markets or co-ops. On the other hand, I can not be certain what types of vegetable plants are sold at local Home Depot or Walmart garden centers or Lowe's outside lawn and garden centers provide. I used to be able to trust a privately owned and operated garden center in Oak Cliff known at the time as Alexander's Garden Center and that man knew more than some scientists. I always trusted his judgement and got to pet all of his cats. He let them roam all over the garden center.
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@RasmaSandra (19200)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
21 Jun 16
@lookatdesktop glad you posted this. Our cukes haven't grown yet but now I will remember to constantly check them as they come in.
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• Dallas, Texas
21 Jun 16
I read that once they are a few inches long or better and are solid green wait about a week to let them get a bit larger and harvest them within a certain time period. I still must do more research on it. There has to be an ideal number of days or weeks from the point the cucumber develops under the flower as a tiny cucumber about an inch long to the point it reaches maximum size. I also learned that the cucumbers can actually hang from the stems on the vine without breaking off from their weight. They are in fact mostly water.
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@nanette64 (17867)
• Fairfield, Texas
21 Jun 16
@lookatdesktop Some of our cucumbers were 7-8" long and 3" in circumference. A lot too depends on the soil you have and the compost you use. We made our own compost from: leaves, grass, egg shells, coffee grounds, left-over, rotted fruits & veggies. Water once a week and turn the entire pile with a hay fork.
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@RasmaSandra (19200)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
21 Jun 16
@nanette64 we also make our own compost
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@marlina (76850)
• Canada
21 Jun 16
My Dad grew cucumbers but I can remember about this part at all.
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• Dallas, Texas
21 Jun 16
Actually, Marlina, this was a first for both of us. I am not as experienced with growing cucumbers as I am with tomatoes.
@Corbin5 (113507)
• United States
21 Jun 16
I have little success with growing veggies. I know nothing about growing cucumbers. Well, according the the link title, the orange ones must be of some use.
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• Dallas, Texas
21 Jun 16
I would like to find out if those 2 plants I bought were organic. I think they in fact were. I know the tomatoes are.