Are you trying to Start Pruning Tomato Plants? My wife learned how to Prune tomato plants from her mother and her father. First time we grew tomato plants on Blakely Island it’d been a while since she had grown tomato plants. She started pruning Tomato Plants, and then it happened. Instead of cutting off the sucker, she cut off the major stem which produces the fruit. She’d always been careful before, it was just one little snip and it was gone.
Have you ever done that, you know how it feels to take your time growing a plant and then all of a sudden one little slip and half of it is gone.
So I am going to share with you how to start pruning tomato plants properly. The main reason to prune your tomato plants is to help your plant direct energy towards producing more fruit rather than just more leaves. All those extra leaves will just grow more branches and not allow as much fruit to grow. You want to prune the plant earlier in the season, which will help the airflow through the plant and help prevent pest and disease problems. when you prune the tomato plant properly all the leaves foliage will get adequate sunlight and the plan is able to photosynthesize (and, as a result, growing produce more fruit) more efficiently.
You don’t need to prune all types of tomatoes, if you are growing determinate tomatoes,(varieties of tomatoes, also called “bush” tomatoes, that are bred to grow to a compact height (approx. 4 feet). They stop growing when fruit sets on the top bud. The tomatoes ripen most all their crop at or near the same time. Then they die.)
Indeterminate tomatoes produce fruit or tomatoes regularly over the course of the season so pruning tomato plants is going to be very important. This will help you control the large vines, but the energy of the plant will go to producing nicer sized tomatoes instead of a bunch of small tomatoes. However if you choose not to prove that’s all right because no matter what type of tomato your growing if you’re not concerned about the size of your tomatoes or trying to keep the plants under control they will still grow and produce fruit.
The Art of Pruning Tomato Plants:
• Look at your plant and see how the sun hits the leaves.
• Verify how the branches of the plant keep the air from moving through it
• Prune any stems that are less than 8 to 20 inches from the ground.
• Remove stems that will not produce fruit early to keep growth focused on tomato growth
• Compost healthy matter taken from plants
So if you decide to prune your tomato plants, it’s really a pretty easy process. Again I cut off the suckers, which grow in the be space between the main stem and branches on your tomato plant. Look at the picture below this paragraph, and you can see which you be looking for. If left to grow this would eventually going to full-size branch, adding lots of foliage or leaves and other small branches, and a few fruits. Would also result in the tomato plant that’s can you get larger than the space it’s supposed to occupy in the garden.
So you simply remove the suckers which can be done when they are smaller than 2 inches tall by simply pinching them off with your fingers. Enter larger than 2 inches, be sure to use a pair of clean pruners that you disinfect as you move from plant to plant to protect against brain diseases. They should be pruned out when they are small to avoid stressing the plants I removing large amounts of suckers at once.
It is really as simple as that it’s a chore that can be done by watering your weeding and will also result in healthier plants, pruning tomato plants results in bigger tomatoes and a lot less effort. So if you’re ready to prune tomato plants, follow these directions ask questions and take pictures and share them with everybody else.
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