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Market Growers: How to Prune and Train Tomato Vines

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CricketsGarden
Nauvoo, AL
(Zone 7a)

July 23, 2011
7:57 PM

Post #8711532

The best production I have found when growing tomatoes is when I prune the plant to One Single Vine.
That means I let the main plant vine grow and prune off all the suckers. The suckers are the young side
vines that start to grow at the internode of each leaf or at the junction of each leaf.
You can get a huge production if you let the plants grow all their suckers into mature vines. But- fruits get small further
up the vine because the plant is putting lots of energy out that goes to that huge plant and the tomato fruits. But
if you grow tomato plants with only one single vine which is the main vine, then all the fruits will grow about the same size.
You will get even more uniform fruits up the vine if each fruit cluster is pruned to 4 fruits on each cluster.


This is a photo from the year 2005. Each plant was pruned to a single vine. The main stem vine. Be careful not to snip off the
very tip top...thats where the main vine continues to grow up up up.

Sorry===this pic turned out to be itty bitty

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