The Easiest Way to Increase the Yield of Cucumbers – Remove Side Shoots

Many summer residents do not pay due attention to the proper formation of cucumbers, letting them grow at random. At the same time, the adjusted plant will give the maximum yield that it is capable of. I will tell you how to grow parthenocarpic (self-pollinating) cucumbers in my greenhouse.

As a rule, in the closed ground, I plant grown seedlings or sow varieties and hybrids that do not require insect pollination. Such varieties of cucumbers we must bring strictly to 1 stalk. I know from my own experience that it is much more convenient to pull a net to support these plants than to tie them with ropes.

My morning starts with me going to the greenhouse and removing the sucker shoots that grow from the leaf axils. Strongly elongated stepsons should be cut off, leaving small hemp, but it is better not to wait for excessive regrowth, it is desirable to remove them at the very beginning of development. Even barely appeared shoots need to be plucked, not giving them a chance to get stronger.

The Easiest Way to Increase the Yield of Cucumbers - Remove Side Shoots

This procedure allows you to get real bunches of cucumbers. Look at the photo below: the time of the remote stepson gave the opportunity to develop a large number of fruits.

The Easiest Way to Increase the Yield of Cucumbers - Remove Side Shoots

I am often asked what to do with the “mustache”. I try to trim them — of course, if possible. However, I do not do this to increase the yield. In my opinion, this does not affect the amount of fruit in any way. I remove the whiskers to make it easier to keep the plant straight, so that it doesn’t cling to neighboring specimens.

In conclusion, I want to add the following: my experience shows that it is not necessary to plant bee-pollinated and self-pollinating varieties or hybrids of cucumbers in the same greenhouse. You need to select one and form them according to the type.

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