Male removal

When getting rid of males would it be okay to cut them down instead of pulling them from the roots? I’ve planted my plants close together and am afraid that if I pull the plant it will damage the other plants’ roots.
West Jordan, Utah

Yes. You are correct that pulling the roots of a plant placed close to others would disturb its neighbor’s roots. To remove male plants from the garden, you can cut their stems near the ground.

This will effectively kill the plants. The roots will soon die and be recycled by microorganisms.

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