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Q.How Do I Follow These Instructions For Pruning These Melons?

Zone Zone 7b | Anonymous added on December 20, 2022 | Answered

I ordered some melon seeds and it has rather specific pruning instructions. As a new grower I’m wondering if you could maybe dumb down the following pruning instructions. Pruning: Pinch the primary stem at the 3rd leaf node to create 2 branches. On these branches, pinch off all third vines up to the 10th leaf node. Leave third vines on between the 11th and 15th leaf nodes and this is where 2 fruits will set. I’d love if you could help me figure this out!

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Answered on December 23, 2022

Each new leaf growth spot will be a "node" and any counting should be done by those. Otherwise, follow the numbering for the best results. Also, it isn't completely necessary to prune. You can let plants grow, naturally, but they will not produce to their potential.

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