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Thursday, June 21, 2012

Pruning Tomatoes to Single, Double and Triple Stems

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Tomatoes are vines that can be pruned and maintained. Pruning is often done for disease control and overall plant management. Pruning your plant by removing 'suckers' actually removes future additional stems that will produce flowers and fruit. The more stems you have, the more fruit you typically get. However the more fruit you have the more the tomato plant has to maintain. Often more fruit means smaller fruit. That is fine for cherry tomatoes or smaller tomatoes.

But if you want to grow large 1 pound or 2 pound or record setting tomatoes... you probably want fewer main stems. The 'fewer' fruit will get all the tomatoes energy and grow larger. I recommend experimenting with different numbers of tomato stems.