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Q.Severed Secondary Vine

Zone 56218 | Anonymous added on August 18, 2023 | Answered

Hello 🙂 I was pruning my pumpkin patch, Luxury Squash it is called, but I think it is technically a pumpkin. AND I accidentally severed a secondary vine instead of the damaged leaf I was trying to cut off! My best pumpkin is growing 6 inches from where I severed it. It has completely lost its connection to the main vine. I did not know what to do so I tried to graft it, but the secondary vine where the pumpkin is is growing partially on my fence and so there is too much tension for me to graft it properly. I instead buried the severed end with the first node in nice soil and watered it with root stimulating hormone. I noticed that part of the secondary vine that I severed had already rooted a bit a little further down the line. Do you think my attempt has any chance of saving my pumpkin? I didn’t know what else to do. Can a secondary vine survive severed from the main vine? Any other advice? Thank you so much!

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Answered on August 19, 2023

I think you did the right thing. That is what I would have done. If it roots well, your pumpkin may continue to grow. Another thing you can do to help it along is give it a foliar spray fertilizer.



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