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Is there any problem w/cutting some of the leaves on zucchini or crooked neck squash. I have a raised bed and limited space


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I have a raised bed, w/limited space, and my squash is taking the sun from my other crops. Would it be OK to trim the leaves (not all) from those plants so that my corn, basil, green beans won't suffer?

It is not a good ideal, I would only do one or two plants to see what would happen. Next year Look for patio & bush plants for your raised beds. That should help until you can get another bed going. You also can plant the squash on the edge of the bed & let them run down the out side of the retaining wall. Some gardener put squash in tomato cages, but if the bush gets big the cage could fell over, unless you stake it.
I have often cut off some squash leaves when squashes start crowding their neighbors. As Joel says, plants need their leaves & squash are great edge-space tenants. But I would estimate that cutting off 10-20% of the squash leaves has never seemed to make a difference to the squash in my gardens. 
Thank you,Jessica! This is why I love this site & the great people on it. I would not cut off the leaves in fear that it would slow or stop production of the squash.  But I learned something new today!
Ciao. I've been wacking off the occassional leaf as well, and it doesn't seem to matter. I've been taking off large (actually gigantic) outer leaves but taking care not to expose fruit to direct sun. It can get very, very hot here in Umbria, and I'd probably have baked zucchini if I took off all the leaves. Oh, maybe I can start a trend: vine roasted vegetables!
Greetings, I've just joined this group and cut a great many leaves off my "8-Ball" zucchini plants two weeks ago (8-Ball is a round variety, supposedly compact plants, & supposed to make larger than usual flowers.) I'm growing zucch. for the blossoms - we love squash flower fritters. The leaves I cut were older, yellowing in many cases, or covered w/ powdery mildew, and so numerous & crowded they made harvesting difficult. I left the green, younger leaves on the plants, but the oldest 2 - 3 ft of stem has no leaves. Result: plants stopped making female flowers/squashes but made even more male flowers (the ones to harvest for eating.) Not so surprising, actually -- it takes a lot more horticultural energy to grow babies than to offer pollen. Only in the last two days now have the plants started making a few squashes again. That's ok, if you want flowers & had too many squashes. --- Marcia in CT, USA
What zone are you in (6 ), I am in zone 7b/8a & my 8-ball squash burn up in late July this year. I plan to plant seeds every 2 weeks next year to see when the heat will kill the young plants, even with shade cloth.
Joel, I'm amazed at this - I thought zucchini loved heat. (you are watering your plants, right?) We are in zone 6 on a USDA map (but really often in zone 5 when it comes to what makes it through the winter). What might make the diff. here, summertime, is that we're within 10 miles of Long Island Sound, which makes the daytime temps. a bit cooler than inland in CT. (though inland in CT a lot of squash is grown. Inland in CT is where the melons can ripen before cool weather sets in.) Last year I grew an Italian heirloom zucchini (seeds from Johnny's Selected Seeds) called Costata Romanesco. (costata = ribbed). It was very tasty, firm, kept firmness & flavor even when one 'got away' & got 14" long, & the plants made enough flowers too. But it had huge leaves, took lotsa space. I'm thinking perhaps an Ital. variety could stand the heat where you are?
Thanks for your observation on how to grow more [probably male] culinary squash blossoms! 1. Grow 8-Ball squash - 2. When the plant is producing, cut off a number of old or outer leaves - 3. As marciainthegarden notes, the leaf-cutting-stress has been observed to stimulate production of more, rather than bigger, culinary squash blossoms. 4. Hmmm. If using tempura batter for squash-blossom fritters, make sure the recipe is adusted to be light-diet-supportive in larger quantities. :-) Yum!
I noticed you eat squash flowers, I love them to but you mentioned in an old post the male flowers, I and many friends, all liked the female flowers a lot better? You?
Hi Jessica, I got _more_ flowers not larger ones -- from this cutting off older declining leaves.
An update to  my question regarding cutting the leaves of the squash/zucchini plants... I absolutely had no problems with the growth and production of veg, after cutting the leaves that were hindering the sun from reaching the neighbors of my squash/zucchini. My garden, over all, has been very successful. I appreciate the feedback from all of you that responded, and will, most certainly, use information from many of you, on what I could do next year, to keep the squash from overtaking the garden.   HAPPY GARDENING! MountainLesli
Thanks for the update Mountain Lesli, I had the exact same question, not about squash, but generally about trimming leaves away to give proper sunlight to other vegetables.I did notice some stunted growth speed, as you would expect!Renalt HCG diet plan | Phases of HCG diet
Well I would not recommend cutting the leaves on zucchini or crooked neck squash...I experienced the same thing couple years ago and it had a lot of negative impact on the plants... My newest blog entry hcg diet review [1][1]



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