cucumbers too tall

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cucumbers too tall

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Post: # 21261Unread post QAGUY
Tue Jun 02, 2020 2:39 pm

My cucumbers have reached the top of my trellis (6 ft). I have been pruning them to remove the side shoots. Can I pinch off the top without causing irreparable consequences?
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Post: # 21274Unread post worth1
Tue Jun 02, 2020 3:45 pm

I would rather prune the tops as apposed to the sides.
I have never pruned a cucumber plant.
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Post: # 21279Unread post slugworth
Tue Jun 02, 2020 4:10 pm

top and clone
1/2 my plants last year were cuke clones
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Post: # 21282Unread post Clkeiper
Tue Jun 02, 2020 5:00 pm

If you have been pruning out the suckers and then pinch out the top I think your plant is done producing cukes. I do think cloning it is a good idea if you pinch the top.

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Post: # 21290Unread post slugworth
Tue Jun 02, 2020 7:35 pm

I clone at the beginning when the plants set out their "feelers".
I had cukes til frost then saved seeds from the huge yellow ones.
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Post: # 21294Unread post peebee
Tue Jun 02, 2020 8:22 pm

I've seen YouTube videos where they unhang the long plant from the top rung/trellis, lower it to a manageable height & they loop the bottom stem on the ground. The bottom leaves had been removed when fruiting was done. I forget what they call this technique but one farmer posts about it on Nature Is Always Right.
I once trained cuke vines to go over the top onto the back & harvested quite a bit that way. But I was able to do it cuz I had plenty of open space behind the trellis.
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