Video: How to Prune Tomatoes

comments (2) August 1st, 2011

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Video Length: 4:33
Produced by: Gary Junken, Michael Dobsevage

The rapid growth of a healthy tomato plant can sometimes lead to problems. To learn how to prune your tomatoes for better health and more tomatoes, check out this video with Lee Reich, author of The Pruning Book.

Beefsteak tomatoes Get more info on growing tomatoes:

Growing Trouble-Free Cherry Tomatoes
Selecting and Growing Great Paste Tomatoes
How to Grow Beefsteak Tomatoes 
The Road to Healthy, Productive Tomatoes 
• The Supporting Cast for Tomatoes 
How to Start Tomato Plants from Cuttings 

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Kate_Frank writes: I had wondered about this too, so I searched around a little and here's what I found:

"...our short growing season doesn't allow much time for good fruit formation. We have to prune most of the suckers and plenty of their leaves, and we cut their tops off in July or August - all so they will put their energy into good fruit and not into further pointless growth."

The journalist in me wants to find a few more sources before calling that the best answer, but it does make sense.

You can read the full article here:

Fine Gardening also has a great article about pruning tomatoes that goes into even more detail than the video does:
Posted: 11:08 am on March 7th
Growin_woman writes: Great demonstration - and I'm hoping someone can answer a question that has been on my mind for several years regarding pruning tomatoes: since tomatoes rely on their leaves to feed the whole plant, and therefore, I presume, help with fruit development, too, is it counterproductive to prune as severely as the video shows in short-season zones, say USDA Zone 4 or colder. My thinking is that in a warm season you can prune back the plants pretty hard and use the long season to reap the benefits but in a short season is there a risk that too much pruning will reduce fruit production because the frost will arrive too soon and the benefit of pruning will be lost to the cold? In other words, in short seasons is it better to do only limited pruning because the plant needs all the leaves it can get to feed the process of making 'maters in the relatively short time available?
Posted: 4:11 pm on March 6th
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