Stem Splitting In Squash, Cucumbers, And Melons

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Growing your own produce takes time, money, and energy. Losing these crops can be frustrating, especially when you don’t know the cause. If you’re experiencing issues with cucurbit plant stem splitting, let’s look at some possible causes and what can be done to prevent these problems. Squash, Melon, and Cucumber Stem Split Several circumstances can cause stems to split on maturing cucurbit crops. These plants often have long, hollow stems that can be easily damaged by the weight of the foliage or fruit. Splits, tears, and twisted stems can be especially problematic after a windy storm. If this happens frequently, try locating the cucurbits in a sheltered location against a wall or solid fence. Damage can also occur when animals, such as deer or the neighborhood dog, decide to walk through the garden. If the animal steps on or gets tangled in the vine, damage can occur which could result […]

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