Tomato Pruning/Trimming Questions?

Swifty13April 12, 2014

I dont' know if you'd say pruning for tomatoes, but I know some people say you're supposed to pinch the suckers off of the tomatoes. Last year, I tried to at the beginning, but it got to crazy and I gave up. I ended up with a mass of tomatoes. Pruning tips?

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The suckers will go on to produce fruit, so if you've got the space, leave them. If you need the space or worry about airflow due to leave density, prune. :)

    Bookmark   April 12, 2014 at 11:40PM
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seysonn(8a WA/HZ 1)

There are currently several discussions are going on about pruning and spacing. There are pros and cons.

If you got "A MASS OF TOMATOES" because of "by not pruning", why bother with pruning. !REALLY>

    Bookmark   April 13, 2014 at 1:58AM
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digdirt2(6b-7a No.Cent. AR HZ8 Sun-35)

Sounds to me like you proved to yourself last year that what" some people say" about removing the so-called suckers and losing all that fruit production should be ignored, right? I sure would. :)

Lots of tips linked below.


Here is a link that might be useful: Pruning FAQ and discussions

    Bookmark   April 13, 2014 at 10:10AM
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I think it also depends on the variety of tomato. My Super Sweet 100s are sprawling and crazy productive when left to their own devices. I only pinch off the first suckers and flowers until the plants are about a foot high to ensure good root development and then I let them go to town. The same goes for my heirloom pear cherry tomatoes. But, my dad grows bigger beefsteak type tomatoes and has better yield and seeing the fruits fully mature when he prunes off the suckers.

    Bookmark   April 14, 2014 at 11:27PM
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