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Pruning tomatoes?

Miri1 May 11, 2010 08:23 PM

Someone told me I should prune my tomato plants for better, stronger growth. Is that really necessary? I live in Los Angeles, if that makes a difference...

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    Janet RE: Miri1 May 11, 2010 11:34 PM

    You should take off the suckers. But we don't. We always hope they will produce. Our plants do fine without pruning.

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      WCchopper RE: Janet May 11, 2010 11:41 PM

      Yeah, we try to take off the suckers but that's about it. We grow the indeterminate varieties and it helps keep them manageable.

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        Miri1 RE: WCchopper May 13, 2010 10:09 PM

        I'd better get rid of those suckers, then! Thanks! :)

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      Jibe RE: Miri1 May 17, 2010 07:19 PM

      Try this article. I always prune mine, and put it up on a trellis.


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        DMW RE: Jibe May 20, 2010 10:34 AM

        This link was incredibly helpful. The pictures made it so much easier to understand. Thank you so much :-)

      2. DonShirer RE: Miri1 May 18, 2010 06:54 PM

        And here is another thread about pruning from DavesGarden. One of the posts has a link to Carolyn Male's advice on pruning...she is always worth listening to.


        1. flylice2x RE: Miri1 Jun 14, 2010 03:20 AM

          Hey anyone out there using the Topsy Turvy to grow tomatos or other veggies?

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            roro1831 RE: flylice2x Jun 15, 2010 01:29 PM

            I put a cherry tomato plant in one last year and it did great. I have two going this year in addition to two plants in pots. Too early to tell at this point.

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            Sal Vanilla RE: Miri1 Jun 15, 2010 09:47 AM

            Only prune if the stem is endangering the plant or if it is a nuisance. It won't make it healthier or grow stronger.

            When you get them,plant them very deep. That is the best way to ensure a strong center stalk.

            We do a lot of propping, caging, tying off and general garden gymnastics with our tomatoes. But only cut when the limb threatens to take down the plant. Even then, we usually will just pluck off a few tomatoes and hope for the best.

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