cucumber leaves
Photo by Katie Michaelson

Some teach new gardeners to prune the leaves to get more cucumbers.

Cucumber leaves are large and provide two main functions. The most important one is photosynthesis. That means they help feed the plant. The second main function is to provide shade so the fruit is not stressed by the sun. Stressed fruit grows slowly

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Katie Michaelson

Katie Michaelson

I’m a retired therapist who specialised in parenting. I write on the edge of verse and prose about plants and people and simple things.