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The pickling of cucumbers is carried out if, in the presence of a good whip, the plant does not bear fruit.
Stepsons are extra shoots that take away strength from the lash, as a result of which the cucumbers do not bear fruit. This must be done very carefully so as not to damage the main shoot and the flowers on it. It takes a little time and practice to learn how to accurately and without problems distinguish the stepsons from the main stem.
If the pinching of cucumbers is done correctly and the plant is not damaged, then usually the first cucumbers appear by mid-July.
And remember that picking cucumbers is done only when the stepchildren are 3-6 cm in size. So there is less work and you can see them better, and most importantly, the more the plant has already spent on the stepson, the less expect a harvest. If the stepchildren have grown more than 20 cm, then you have lost 2.5-3.5 kg of the crop.