I'm having a problem with a couple of plants I've never experienced before. I've got 4 garden sweet cucumbers that I planted about 4 weeks ago. Two of them, both on the same side of the bed, are going gangbusters and are about 4' up the trellis with several maturing fruit. The other two are not nearly as vigorous, but there's another issue that I've never had before. The female flowers and fruit are not developing normally. While the cucumber is still extremely small, the sepal leaves open up revealing the closed immature flower which promptly dries up. Is this a nutritional issue, or is the lack of vigor causing the plant to abort these fruit prematurely? I'm contemplating pruning off any female flowers forming in the next several weeks to promote growth, but I'm not sure if that's the correct course of action. I've only given them a heavy helping of worm castings at transplanting and fish emulsion every few weeks. Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated!
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