How to Trim a Zucchini Plant

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Large zucchini leaves can prevent the sun from reaching the fruit.
Large zucchini leaves can prevent the sun from reaching the fruit. (Image: Hemera Technologies/Photos.com/Getty Images)

Zucchini is found in most summer vegetable gardens. Known for their large leaves, bright yellow blossoms and large green vegetables, zucchini plants do well in most environments and can be planted and harvested twice a year. The zucchini plant’s large leaves often shield it and other plants in the garden from getting sun. In addition, they can also cause crowding in the garden and prevent adequate circulation. To prevent these situations from occurring, you can trim back the zucchini leaves.

Find any leaves that are brown or dead. Use a sharp knife or pruning shears to cut the leaves’ stems. Cut them off as close to the base of the plant as possible.

Look for the largest leaves. Cut them off as close as possible to the base of the plant.

Cut the leaves until you are satisfied with the size of the plant. Do not cut all of the leaves off; allow the leaves that are closest to the fruit to remain. Leave at least half of the plant’s foliage untouched.

Tips & Warnings

  • You can begin trimming when the plant has grown between four and six zucchini.

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