I am asking about cutting squash leaves. I cut all of the big leaves and left the small ones. I went back today and read that you shouldn’t do this. So…do I or don’t I cut the leaves? I already cut some back but don’t want to destroy my plants. Thanks.
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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. Since you have already cut some, you may want to 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 If you haven't yet read it, this article will help: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/vegetables/squash/should-you-remove-squash-leaves.htm