Sunday, March 02, 2008

Pruning tomaotes correctly

Jim - I watched this video about pruning the tomato plant. Is this what the plant will eventually look like when done by the Mittleider Method? There are very few leaves on this plant when he finished.

Sheila (Virginia)

Sheila & Group:

Do NOT prune tomatoes - or any other plant like what is shown in this video!

Plants need their leaves for photosynthesis. Therefore, unless you are expert at pruning, restrict your pruning to removing sucker stems, removing leaves that touch the ground or are crowding other plants, and old leaves that are no longer useful.

Make sure to remove all sucker stems - all season long, otherwise you'll have a mass of branches and little fruit.

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