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How To Prune Cucumber Plants: Simple Pruning Tips

How To Prune Cucumber Plants: Simple Pruning Tips

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This article was co-authored with wikiHow Staff Writer, Devin McSween. Devin McSween is a wikiHow staff writer. With a background in psychology, he has presented his research in social psychology at various conferences and contributed several manuscripts for publication. At wikiHow, Devin combines his love of writing and research with the goal of bringing accessible information to wikiHow readers that will help them learn and grow. He earned a BS in psychology from the College of Charleston. This article has been viewed 202,221 times.

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To prune cucumber plants, wait until they are about 1-2 feet (0.3 -0.6 m) tall, then try to prune every 1-2 weeks to keep them healthy. Pruning them is really easy – just follow the main vine onto the plant and cut or pinch off 4-6 suckers from the bottom of the plant. Suckers are fuzzy shoots that grow laterally from the main vine. Removing these regularly will increase the yield and size of your cucumbers. You should also cut off any damaged cucumbers, vines or flowers on the plant. Just avoid removing healthy flowers and leaves or else the plant will not grow cucumbers. To learn how to train cucumber vines up a trellis, keep reading!

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