Cucumbers - Knowledgebase Question

Troy, Mi
Question by mkill53
July 26, 2010
I planted cucumbers this year and didn't realize how MUCH room they take up, is there a way pinch back leaves or cut them back with out hurting the plants fruit...


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Answer from NGA
July 26, 2010

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Cucumber plants develop fruits on the new growth so if you pinch or cut back the vines, they won't produce as many flowers or fruit. Sometimes pinching out the growing tip will stop that particular stem from growing and sometimes it will prompt new branching vines from lower down on the vine. If you get new vines towards the center of the plant they will flower and set fruit. But, if the vine decides not to branch out, you won't get any more fruit on that particular vine. Instead of pinching you might try re-directing the vine to grow up over itself and back towards the center of the plant. You'll have a large mound of vines but at least they will continue to produce. Next time you plant cucumbers you might consider training them up on a trellis or fence so they won't sprawl all over your garden. Hope this helps!

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