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Tbills8585
Jun 30, 2017 9:52 PM CST
My cucumber's tendrils have grabbed ahold of my tomato plant's stems. Will it cause harm? Inhibit tomato growth? The tomato plant is plenty strong and healthy to support the weight/pull.
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Name: Sally
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sallyg
Jul 1, 2017 6:58 AM CST
I don't think it's ideal for either plant, but provide plenty of strong support, maybe it's OK. Add tall support for the cukes, they can grow through and then above the tomatoes. My cukes will get mildew and die pretty soon, too, so they don't last till fall. My tomatoes get bigger until fall and often need extra support, or get blown over by storms.
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Newyorkrita
Jul 2, 2017 11:25 AM CST
Those little grabbers will not hurt the tomato plants but you don't want the cucumber vines to grow on and shade the tomato plants. You can simply move the cucumber vine over. Even if you break the grabbers, no harm done.
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Philipwonel
Jul 2, 2017 12:52 PM CST
I agree with Rita !!! Thumbs up
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Name: Yardenman
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Yardenman
Jul 3, 2017 1:36 AM CST
I have tried interplanting several kinds of crops. I have found it better to keep the twining kinds separate from the upright kinds.

And yes I know about the "3 sisters" (corn, squash and pole beans). I've tried that several times and it sure doesn't work for me. Maybe the plants are different now. The pole beans pulled the corn right down.
Name: Rita
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Newyorkrita
Jul 3, 2017 9:36 AM CST
I agree, three sisters does not work!!!

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