AG Pruning Question
Here's the situation: I've got a baby pumpkin about 13 feet out on the primary vine and it looks like it's taking hold. I pollenated it on June 18, it's got a 9.5" circumference now. This is the only one on the plant that has taken hold, out of 5 pollenations.
Thing is, its stem is curved upward at a 90 degree angle and the baby pumpkin is leaning against the stem of a big leaf that starts at the same axil as the pumpkin.
I'm concerned that as it grows that leaf stem is putting pressure on the pumpkin stem. Thing is the leaf is shielding the pumpkin nicely from the sun. My common sense is telling me to cut off that leaf so that there is no pressure on the baby pumpkin, which will also allow the pumpkin stem to straighten out and the pumpkin to lie flat on the ground.
Opinions / suggestions appreciated. thanks