Squash Plants
Q.

squash and melon runners

Zone zone 4 | Anonymous added on June 26, 2016 | Answered

When squash and melons start to run, they have little curly stems that attach to the grass or ground. Do these supply nutrients to the plant or are they just to keep the runners from moving around or blown away from wind or hard rain? I ask this cause I am trying black plastic for weed prevention. Thank you.

A.
A.Answers to this queston: Add Answer
Downtoearthdigs
Certified GKH Gardening Expert
Answered on June 27, 2016

The tendrils keep connect the plant to either the ground or it's support system. Do not try to pull tendrils away if they have attached themselves, you could damage the vines.

You certainly can use a garden covering to help retain moisture and hold down weeds. I would look for products that are made for the garden.

00
Was this answer useful?

Log in or sign up to help answer this question.
Did you find this helpful? Share it with your friends!

You must be logged into your account to answer a question.

If you don't have an account sign up for an account now.

Looking for more?
here are more questions about...
Squash Plants
Join Us - Sign up to get all the latest gardening tips!

Do you know a lot about gardening?
Become a GKH Gardening Expert

Learn More