Cucumber farming is pretty fun, especially when each of your cucumber trees looks healthy with strong stems and a lot of flowers and fruits.
To optimize the harvest of your cucumber crops, there’s this new technique around: cutting off the shoots. Lately, a farmer from Indonesia named Ahmad Fahrudin started this new innovation to optimize your cucumber harvest. In reality, it is quite easy to implement this technique.
According to Ahmad Fahrudin, these are the steps you can follow to implement this technique:
1. Each axillary will sprout shoots, and each shoot will sprout male and female flowers. Cut off the male ones. Take a look at the illustration below. X is where you cut it off. Wait for the ovary to show, and then cut off its growing point. The purpose of this pruning is to get rid off non-productive shoots and leaves as to not waste nutrients the plant gets. Nutrients then will be focused on being accumulated in fruits thus making your cucumber fruits unbent. Usually fruits will show on the 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, and 13th.
2. Cut off the shoots one leave over the fruit.
3. Here’s the result of cucumber tree’s fruits after implementing this technique.
I hope this new information can give you the most optimum harvest of your cucumber crops. Good luck!