Removing Dead and Wilted Leaves from Plants - Knowledgebase Question

Houston, TX
Question by j_s_Roberts
May 19, 1999
Should I cut off the dead and wilting leaves, and yellow leaves from all of my vegetables? Tomatoes, squash, cucumber, zucchini, etc.?


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Answer from NGA
May 19, 1999

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You can for aesthetic reasons, but otherwise it is unnecessary. The only reason I might remove old yellow leaves is if they had leaf disease spots all over them. Then removing the leaves may reduce the incidence of disease on the plants.

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