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Post  CapeCoddess 7/24/2012, 8:15 am

Help!? My zucchini vine broke about one foot from the end where all the baby zucchini's are. Sad I read online that I should cover it with soil but it sticks up in the air about a foot off the ground so I'd be covering most of the plant.

I ended up folding it back in on itself, trying to place the broken pieces back together, then staking it up like that. It didn't really piece together like a broken cup would but they are touching. Will that work? Or should I just cut it off? If I cut off the vine will it grow a new main vine?

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Post  CapeCoddess 7/24/2012, 8:29 am

You can see the break mashed together
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See the way the plant is up in the air?
Should I cover it with soil Instead?
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Staked - the wind has been a bear lately which is why it broke
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Post  camprn 7/24/2012, 8:48 am

Did it break in two or is it hanging together? If in two. there's likely no hope and the plant will put out a new runner; if it is still hanging together, it may survive with some support.

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Post  CapeCoddess 7/24/2012, 9:58 am

Thanks, Camprn. That gives me hope either way.

It has some fibers still connected, but I couldn't get down under to see how much. OH, I shoulda stuck my camera down there...oh well, next time.

I cut off a couple of the heavier end leaves, too, to remove some of the weight.

Mel talks about taping after operating for SVB. Do you think I should try to tape the break? What kind of tape? Medical tape? Laughing

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Post  GWN 7/24/2012, 10:37 am

I find that they can survive on just a thread it seems as the year goes on.
IN fact I am often surprised at how healthy the plant is with a worn out broken main stem.
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Post  CapeCoddess 7/24/2012, 1:55 pm

@GWN wrote:I find that they can survive on just a thread it seems as the year goes on.
IN fact I am often surprised at how healthy the plant is with a worn out broken main stem.
Good luck

Really? Good to know. I'm not gonna stress out then. Thanks!
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Post  CapeCoddess 8/1/2012, 12:50 pm

Hey! Good news! My broken vine is producing again! I thought fer sure that I'd have to cut it off - the leaves all deflated, the baby fruits yellowed and came off. But now it's throwing out new leaves, flowers AND a new baby zuc! PSYCHED!

See the new flower and leaf by the stake?
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Post  cheyannarach 8/1/2012, 1:28 pm

cheers YAY happy for you!
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Post  littlesapphire 8/1/2012, 1:55 pm

Oh that's exciting! Zucchini are amazingly resilient plants, aren't they? Good luck with it!
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Post  southern gardener 8/1/2012, 2:03 pm

that's awesome! My daughter has a watermelon that looks like a slug ate about 90% of the main stem, and that thing is growing like crazy! It's amazing what they can survive on.
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