Monday, May 24, 2010

Cucumber; differentiating the leaves

There were three cucumber seedlings to start with, now left with two. The third decided to wilt and die a week ago. I am getting at how leaves take its true form at the second pair, while the baby leaves, the one emerging from the cotyledon remains cute, tough and thick.

Cucumber seems to be cousin of bitter gourd, judging by the leaves, and their very familiar yellow flower.



  1. I think it's very cute, how the cotelydons of all plants are so much alike.

  2. Fascinating and the babies even look stronger. Does the shape have anything to do with it?

  3. It's definitely interesting to watch the true leaves emerge!

  4. Cute! My pumpkin and sunflower cotyledons are similar too!

  5. I rather grow bitter gourd, they cost so much in the market.

  6. Good luck! Cucumbers are my nemesis- in my hands they seem to fall over with sudden wilt or else be eaten by who-knows-what. They are cucurbits, so related to gourds, pumpkins, squashes, zucchinis and melons. Strange thing is, I find zucchinis and pumpkins relatively easy to grow, but cucumbers and melons are a nightmare!
    Look forward to seeing your progress!!


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