The process of pinching is carried out before flowering, it is necessary to act very carefully so as not to damage the main stem and the existing leaves. For convenience and to avoid damaging the whip can wield a pair of scissors with rounded ends.

Why you need to remove side shoots

If the plant has created favorable conditions for growth, it gives a large number of shoots and leaves, as a result, the culture itself suffers from a lack of light. The main whip begins to grow faster and higher in competition with the stepchildren for the light, as a result, the space between the sheets increases and there is a tendency to reduction of number of the leaves. As well as the formation of the ovary of cucumber occurs in the leaf axils, it is not the best way affects productivity.

When you remove side shoots of cucumbers need to act very carefully: with one hand slightly pull the sheet and the other nip stepson at the base of the stem. Not all side shoots are removed. Because the main stem is used for formation of male flowers, and stepchildren women. Therefore, to ensure normal pollination process some portion of laterals retained.

How to pinch back

With proper pinching of cucumbers you can grow a plant with a strong stem, with the necessary amount of greens, healthy side shoots and lots of fruit. Regardless grown varieties to pinch off only after the formation of 4 sheets on the main whip. All the shoots and leaves below his level need to be removed and the plants were tied up to the trellis. On lateral shoots, which appeared between the 4th and the 7th sheet, it is necessary to leave on the 1st sheet and 1 ovary. The escape of the pinch, and if necessary, tied up to a trellis. At the same time, cucumber is recommended to feed with humus, suitable for this purpose and the finished fertilizer. Timely watering and good ventilation contribute to better yields.

Further, the scheme of pinching the same: once the 9-th sheet, stepchildren again the pinch, each of them has already 2 sheets and 2 of the ovary. Stepchildren, formed by 11 sheet will have already 3 sheets and 3 ovaries and so on. The growth of the main stem it wrapped around the trellis, the further growth of even half a meter will give a signal about the need prischipnut growth point. After this it remains only to control the growth of side shoots, in time removing excess ovaries and leaves.