Plants usually wilt because of the dehydration of the plant cells in the leaves and stems. When hydrated, the water pressure also identified as turgor pressure makes leaves and stems rigid. Loss of water leads to less turgor pressure and your plant loses its ability to remain erect. It causes wilting that could lead to dryness and dying of your plant. While saggy cucumber plants during the summer afternoon is a normal phenomenon; however, if sagginess in the morning, dying leaves, and dry foliage is an indication of a serious problem. There can be a number of causes behind unusual drooping of cucumber plants:
Watering Your Cucumber Plants
Check the moisture level of the soil by feeling it. Soil flooded with water can cause your cucumber plant to wither because excess water causes a lack of oxygen in the soil that damages the roots. In case you observe that your cucumber plant droops during the daytime and get better at night, it indicates excessive dryness in the soil. You can add approximate 1 inch of water to help the roots of your cucumber plant become more resilient against droughty circumstances. Before watering again make sure to check the availability of moisture at least 2 – 4 inches deep in the soil. While watering also makes sure to keep the leaves dry. Moist leaves in the night temperature of hot summer weather can provide an ideal atmosphere for the development and spread of diseases. In case you are watering your cucumber plant in the evening, make sure to do it early enough so that all your leaves get dry before the sunset in order to prevent your cucumber plants from diseases.
Perfect Soil for Your Cucumber Plants
Cucumbers require well-draining soil. A poorly drained soil such as heavy clay soil or soil that lack organic ingredients traps water around roots leading to wilting and dying of your cucumber plant. Even though amending soil drainage issue after planting is not easy, you can add manure or mulch around your cucumber plants. This will provide you with the necessary organic ingredients required to improve the draining of your soil. When planting cucumber, you should add 3 – 4 inches of organic matter after every 6 inches of clay soil and 1 – 2 inches for every 6 inches of loam or sandy soil. You can also plant cucumbers of mounds to drain the additional moisture away from the plant roots.
When your plant appears wilting all the time, it can be a symptom of bacterial wilt. To test if your plant has bacterial wilt, cut a drooping vine close to the crown. Now squeeze both edges of the vine together for a while and then gently pull the stems apart. If a sticky filament of ooze comes out, it means you plant has bacterial wilt. This is an incurable condition, and you must immediately remove and bury the infected plants to prevent the disease from spreading to other plants.