can i trim back my zucchini

taz0330July 17, 2011

my zucchini plants are taking over my garden area can i trim back the leaves with out hurting the zucchini

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I usually do a bit of leaf trimming to keep my container zukes looking(somewhat)tidy.

    Bookmark   July 17, 2011 at 4:02AM
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wayne_5 zone 6a Central Indiana

I wouldn't trim them back, but be ticked they are still healthy.

    Bookmark   July 17, 2011 at 11:55AM
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Whenever a leaf blocks sunlight from a tomato plant, you bet I trim it back. Doesn't seem to slow the plant down, unfortunately.

    Bookmark   July 17, 2011 at 2:56PM
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I trim mine all the time because I have other things growing near by, like tomatoes and peppers. So when my beautifully monstrous zukes get a bit too big/grow in wrong direction, then yes, I snip, won't hurt 'em.

Just make sure you trim close to main stalk, make a clean cut too. Hope this helps!

- Angela

    Bookmark   July 17, 2011 at 3:22PM
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thank you all

    Bookmark   July 17, 2011 at 10:29PM
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This is good info my bush zucchini are also kind of taking over my cucumbers.

    Bookmark   July 18, 2011 at 8:41PM
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A few days ago, my papillon chased the bantie chickens through the squash. Trampled the squash to smithereens. I ended up doing surgery on my gigantic costata romanesque zucchini. It actually looks better now, after cutting off about half the plant. It didn't wilt the past two days, despite 112 degree heat. I didn't water it and it still didn't wilt at all!

    Bookmark   July 19, 2011 at 12:28AM
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