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#139935 Oct 11th, 2007 at 06:35 PM
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I had some overgrown cukes that I just kinda threw into a bucket and left for a while in my greenhouse. In September I decided it was about time I cut them open and collect a few seeds to dry and save for planting next spring. Lo and behold when I cut them open, lookie at what I found! Baby cuke plants starting INSIDE the fruit! I had no idea they did this!

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I was so excited, I planted them in a container to see what would happen. Went away on vaca and came home late Sept. In only one month, this is what they looked like!

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I say THIS is the way to start cuke plants from now on. I just hope they fruit before frost! If not there's the greenhouse!

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keylimegal #139945 Oct 11th, 2007 at 06:44 PM
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That is cool documentation. If you think about fruiting plants in nature, the seedlings often are fed by the parent fruit as it decomposes. We just don't often get a chance to see it.


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Tina #140275 Oct 12th, 2007 at 03:01 PM
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Today they have blooms and baby cukes! I'm really looking forward to a great fall harvest.

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keylimegal #140282 Oct 12th, 2007 at 03:09 PM
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Wow, is that ever neat.


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That is very interesting indeed! Thanks for sharing those terrific pictures - they really helped tell the story!


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plants 'n pots #140396 Oct 12th, 2007 at 05:33 PM
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That is so awsome thumbup I didn't know they would do that. Thanks for sharing.


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ladyslipper #141831 Oct 16th, 2007 at 05:23 PM
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Today my baby cukes are about an inch long.

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keylimegal #152241 Nov 16th, 2007 at 02:59 PM
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Neat!

I get some of my best starter plants out of my compost. (When there small though I can't tell my cuke's from my cantalopes.:)


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