I have grown tomatoes for a few years, but this is the first one that I have pruned my plants. To be honest, I didn’t know to do this before now. Ultimately pruning will lead to more, high-quality fruit.
I was suddenly so aware of all the yellow leaves and extra branches and off shoots. I am not an expert, but this is how I am pruning my tomatoes:
- Only “indeterminate” types of tomatoes should be pruned. These are typically tomato plants that require staking for support.
- Remove stems with yellow and dying leaves.
- Remove little off shoots (suckers).
- There should only be about 3 main stems, if more develop, remove them.
I have highlighted the minimum when it comes to pruning. Since I have never done this, I am starting with the basics as I learn the art of pruning tomatoes.
Before and after pruning:
Have you ever pruned tomato plants? Please share your tips and tricks!