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.?

Answer from NGA
May 19, 1999


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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