cut leaves on a squash plant
Over the weekend, a friend came over to look at my garden. One of my squash plants had a few of its leaves beaten up by hail. While I wasn't looking, my friend cut the beaten up leaves off the plant. Now it is drooping and doesn't have the life in it that it did. Is there anything I can do to help it become healthy again?
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While it's okay to prune some, you should only try to remove the growing tips so as not to leave large wounds that may draw squash pests and diseases. It's possible that the plant is now under stress and given some time it will hopefully recover on its own. I would treat the plant with neem oil, a safe and effective pesticide and fungicide. This should help in the event that any pests or fungal issues arise. Other than that, you should just keep it watered. This article has more information about neem oil: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/problems/pests/neem-oil-uses.htm