Zucchinis are one of those productive summer crops that take off when the weather gets on and just keep on giving. They don’t need much care to be productive. But still, some varieties that are prone to powdery mildew can benefit from being tidied up every now and then.
Pruning zucchini maintains air-flow, stimulates growth and allows you to thoroughly inspect your approaching harvest for signs of pests and diseases. In small gardens where maximum productivity is the goal, pruning zucchinis can be especially handy to keep these prolific growers under control.
My first time growing zucchinis, I made the mistake of planting them too close to other plants. I was too afraid to pinch their leaves off, and didn’t even know I could do that without hurting the plant!
As a beginner, you might have a lot of questions about growing zucchinis, but we’ve compiled all the information you need to get started and have a fabulous summer crop.
6 Reasons to Prune Your Zucchini Plants
First of all, why even prune these massive plants? Compared to their cousins, squash and pumpkins, zucchinis seem to grow in a more self-contained bush. And you’re right, certain varieties don’t need much work – but there’s always room for improvement!
Here are 6 reasons why you might want to start pruning your zucchini plants:
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