flowers on vegetable plants - Knowledgebase Question

Arnold, MO
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Question by mardar71
June 4, 2007
Should I be pinching off the flowers that grow on my tomato & cucumber plants? If so, how far back should I pinch off, just the flower or all the way back to the stem? Thanks!

Answer from NGA
June 4, 2007
Vegetable plants should not be deadheaded the way garden flowers are deadheaded. On a tomato plant, each flower is a potential tomato. Once the petals fall you should see the start of a tiny tomato. On cucubers, each female flower is a potential cucumber. (Male flowers will just fade away.) Once pollination occurs the flower petals will fade naturally and drop off. Occasionally, a flower may fade and fall without setting fruit. As long as this is just an occasional occurence it is nothing to worry about.

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