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Is it ok to prune acorn squash vines


By Sprout

winnibago/ illinois, United States Us

I have a lot of vines but only three squash are producing out of two plants.Can I prune back vines on ones not producing? I live in Rockford Illinois



If you have sufficient space, I think it's better to let them grow until the fruit are produced. Then you can prune back unnecessary growth a few leaves beyond the squash and other side shoots you don't want. Otherwise you may be destroying shoots which will go on to flower and fruit.
In theory, pinching out the 'leader' if there appears to be one, should produce more vigorous side shoots on which flowers and fruit will be produced.

1 Aug, 2009

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