Should I prune cucumber plant?

iamzvonko(5)July 10, 2012

Hello,

I have three cucumber plants growing up a 6'wide by 5'high trellise. They have filled up almost every empty spot in the trellise and they look really good. All leaves are nice, green and big. Lots of flowers and I see quite a few little cukes growing. I had a 5" long cuke yesterday and it was delicious.

Hopefully, I don't jinx myself with the above.

Anyway, my question is...Can I just start cutting off any further growth? If I just let it keep growing I don't know where it's going to go. It'll either just drop back down or try and attach itself to other nearby plants.

Thanks for any help

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steven1032

they say if you cut off the first runner from the main branch it will produce more cucumbers. havnt tried it myself. other than that i would not prune anymore. i find that i have to train the vines to gow where i want it.

just let new growth drop back down in my opinion.

    Bookmark   July 10, 2012 at 2:24PM
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digdirt2(6b-7a No.Cent. AR HZ8 Sun-35)

Should you? No. Can you? If you wish. Your choice. Most seldom find it necessary. The vine normally just drapes back down and keeps on growing.

Dave

    Bookmark   July 10, 2012 at 3:47PM
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iamzvonko(5)

Thanks for the feedback. My concern was two-fold:
1) Didn't know if so much growth was causing "energy" to go into growing more leaves instead of the cukes growing larger. It was so weird that there was only ONE full-grown cuke and so many flowers
2) Convenience. If it gets too big, it will be harder to find all the cukes. Nice problem to have, I guess.

    Bookmark   July 10, 2012 at 3:53PM
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digdirt2(6b-7a No.Cent. AR HZ8 Sun-35)

It was so weird that there was only ONE full-grown cuke and so many flowers

Most likely they aren't getting pollinated then and if you have had the extra high heat like many of us that is to be expected. You can try hand pollinating but the pollen may not be viable due to heat and humidity. See the Blossom Drop FAQ here for more details.

Dave

    Bookmark   July 10, 2012 at 6:11PM
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iamzvonko(5)

Interesting development...

I picked the large cuke yesterday. Today when I checked on them, I could see that a lot of the "little" cukes had grown considerably.

I wonder if the large one was taking all the "energy" from all the others.

It is weird, though, that it got so big while all the others stayed so small

Thanks for all the replies. I love this site. It's so nice to talk to people who have the same interest and get EXCITED about this stuff. When I try to talk to some of my friends about gardening, their eyes just glaze over.

    Bookmark   July 10, 2012 at 11:07PM
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howelbama(7 NJ)

Cukes are one of those plants that the more you pick, the more you get:)

    Bookmark   July 10, 2012 at 11:32PM
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digdirt2(6b-7a No.Cent. AR HZ8 Sun-35)

Don't worry too much about "energy sucking" etc. By and large it is a myth in gardening. Plants do what comes naturally to them and for the most part, they aren't into it.

Dave

    Bookmark   July 10, 2012 at 11:51PM
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