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Old 10-27-2020, 04:17 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Question A question about removing pups....

Now Iíve been doing some research on dealing with pups. I have seen lots of conflicting ideas as to what to do. Now I had heard that if you want to be able to get fruit off the plant you have to remove all pups b/c it takes away from the energy from the mother plant. On the other hand I just read somewhere that someone said to try and leave some pups on the mother plant so you can build a bigger, better mat. I am bit confused. Remove all pups or leave some? Which is better for the mother plant? Thanks in advance!
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Old 10-27-2020, 05:23 PM   #2 (permalink)
 
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Default Re: A question about removing pups....

If you live in a warm climate leaving some (3-5) is a good idea. That way you get fruit continuously. I don't know about colder climates. Someone else with more experience in growing in that climate will have to answer that
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Default Re: A question about removing pups....

Keep some. Pups provide anchorage for the parent plant. When a plant flowers it stops producing new leaves and roots. With a heavy bunch of fruit hanging up high, swaying in the wind, the pups provide additional holding power to keep the parent plant from being uprooted. This is especially important for some varieties that kind of "give up" before the fruit ripens. They "think" that flowering is the time to "retire".

Some varieties react poorly to pup removal just before the flower, affecting fruit size and quantity, so avoid removal at that time.
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Yeah I wonder what the difference is myself! Growing in Florida is way different than here in Ohio! Lucky dog by the way! Thanks!
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Keep some. Pups provide anchorage for the parent plant. When a plant flowers it stops producing new leaves and roots. With a heavy bunch of fruit hanging up high, swaying in the wind, the pups provide additional holding power to keep the parent plant from being uprooted. This is especially important for some varieties that kind of "give up" before the fruit ripens. They "think" that flowering is the time to "retire".

Some varieties react poorly to pup removal just before the flower, affecting fruit size and quantity, so avoid removal at that time.
Okay. Sounds good. You know I would have never thought of pups as being very beneficial to the mother plant! Now that you said that it does make sense! Plus I guess I never knew that once it starts fruiting the plant thinks ďIím so done with this! Okay kids itís your turn!Ē I have actually learned a lot just from this reply! Thank you!
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