Video: Troubleshooting Tomatoescomments (3) August 6th, 2012
Video Length: 6:53
Produced by: Gary Junken; edited by Cary Delahanty
A few simple steps can keep your tomato plants healthy throughout the growing season and improve the size and quality of the fruit.
• Eliminate double leaders. Prune off the smaller stem, and your tomatoes will be bigger.
• Remove all stems that are lying on the ground.
• Pruning suckers allows sunlight into the central part of the plant. Pinch out little ones, and make a modified cut on larger ones (Missouri pruning).
• Fertilize every other week with a liquid fertilizer.
• Plants should receive about an inch of water per week. If nature doesn't supply it, you need to.
• Yellowing leaves aren't necessarily a problem. As the plant matures, it puts more energy into ripening the fruit and less into the leaves.
• A net trellis is a good way to get trailing vines off the ground. Pieces of nylon make good tomato ties.
For links to a lot more tomato-growing info, see All About Tomatoes
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