Should I prune my cucumber plants?

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  1. nicko

    nicko Founder of Cheftalk.com Staff Member

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    My latest batch of cucumbers have not been uniform shapes or have riped evenly. I noticed that the vines are getting very long and thick so I thought I might pruned them back a bit. Is this a good idea? Anyone else prune their cucumber vines back? The longer vines really don't look healthy to me so what should I do?
     
  2. amazingrace

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    I'm not sure I'd prune them, per se,  because the cuts could open them to certain bugs,  but pinching off any new growth might be helpful. 
     
  3. madtaco

    madtaco

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    Yes you can trim them back. As for different size and shapes, on some varieties, I get the same thing. I pick mine when they are about 1/2 of their mature size. If you leave them on, like all plants they will stop producing
     
  4. rainlove20

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    you can surely prune them, pruning them would not harm your cucumber plants especially if  the vines you'll prune are not healthy anymore....
     
  5. homemadecook

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    I'm also getting curious regarding pruning, does anyone can share how to prune it? Thanks in advance.