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May 4, 2020 12:02 PM CST
Hey, this are my cucumbers plants they have already produced some flowers. I was thinking of pinching off some Male flowers because it's a small plant for its age. What would you suggest?
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Milpitas, CA
May 4, 2020 3:08 PM CST
It's prematurely flowering because it is root bound.

Pinching off the flowers will only make the plant want to make more flowers.

It needs a deeper pot.

Cucumber roots can grow 3-5 ft deep.

By the way your plant looks happy and lovely.
May 4, 2020 3:26 PM CST
Ok, thank you so much for the advice! Thank You!
Milpitas, CA
May 4, 2020 3:52 PM CST
Ohhh. Wait I thought that was a planter pot. You have it in a tire on the ground, right?

Whoops I should've looked closer. Don't I look dumb.

How big is your plant?

Flowering happens, prematurely, when plants are root bound. Which may not be your case after all. Lol sorry. Flowering also happens, with changes in temperature, and hours of sunlight. Summer and winter solstices. You can trick a plant into not flowering or flowering (known as forcing) if you can manipulate these.
May 4, 2020 4:05 PM CST
It's ok, I would say it about 1ft tall and it was planted at the beginning of March. It's fairly small for its age, I
don't know why. Also, how do you trick the plant into not flowering?
Milpitas, CA
May 4, 2020 4:46 PM CST
i wouldn't try experimenting with it, unless I had all the gadgets to control temp, and light. And of course more than enough cucumber plants!

I searched real quick, and one factor that seems evident in a lot of cases is reduced sunlight.

I want to know how the farmers do it. They prevent a host of veggies from flowering. And then they pick them when their big and sell them. And they're not leggy...

I got interested in this because of my dandelions. I want them to grow, but not flower.
May 4, 2020 5:51 PM CST
Oh I understand well thank you still for the advice and knowledge. Have a great rest of your day!😁

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