My stalk of my cucumber plant will not stay upright at the bottom
Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
The stalk of my cucumber plant (Delta Star F1) will not stay upright at the bottom. I tried to prop it up with a bit of cane, and cloth on top, but it has sunk again since growing cucumbers.
I am intending to drill small holes into the long cane, put matchsticks/hooks in them, and then tie the branches/stalk with twine to these, to stop it sinking down. Does anyone have a better method? Does it matter?
In the photos, you can see the stalk to the left of the canes, and to the right of two cucumbers, in a sort of 'c' shape. The stem on the other side of the cane is not part of the stalk (although it looks as if it is). The stalk continues up behind the cane, and goes outwards again, but not as much as the first time.
I have just been reminded about pruning offshoots, so I will be doing that later.
- 28 Jun, 2012