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Cucumbers - Is it advisable to pinch of the first fruits and flowers, like with courgettes?

Discussion in 'Edible Gardening' started by Aldo, Jun 9, 2018.

  1. Aldo

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    My little cucumber plants ('patio star', a small variety from sutton seeds) are starting producing the first flowers and fruits. It looks like they are all female flowers and I think this variety is self pollinating.
    I read that for courgettes one needs to remove the first flowers and fruits to encourage further production.
    Is it the same with cucumbers, or I can let them be?

    Thanks for any advice!
    Aldo

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  2. pete

    pete Growing a bit of this and a bit of that....

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    Well personally I'd like to get the plant established before letting it fruit, so yes, I'd be inclined to pinch off the first few.:smile:
     
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      I agree with pete, pick off the first few otherwise the plant will 'stall' - they put all their energy into fruiting and can take a few weeks to start going again.
       
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        Thanks both!
        I'll pinch them off then, even if my kid and wife will be grumbling :)
        They are amazingly fast growing, I did not expect that.
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