I hope this question isn't too stupid...anyway here goes. I have a couple of purchased tomato plants
('sweet 100' cherry & 'early girl') that have gotten a bit leggy. The first pic is 'sweet 100 cherry'. The second
pic is the 'early girl'. I will be planting them in grow bags. Should I plant them "as is" or should I remove some of the branches and plant them deep? Any advice will be appreciated.
Remove branches and plant deep. You can clip back to the top-most leaves, create a trench in the soil bag, lay the plant in the trench gently curving the top-knot up out of the soil. Roots will form along the stalk where you removed the branches. Use a sharp instument, making sure it's clean so no bacteria etc enters the 'wound'.
Linda that is not a stupid question but this might be. Mary, wont cutting off the branches leave an open wound for bacteria or fungus to enter? Im funny about pruning or anything that involves removing healthy tissue. Im always afraid it will leave a place for pathogens to enter.
Linda-Im not sure if you will be able to make a trench in a grow bag, but plant as deep as possible and you should be good. Ive seen alot leggier plants that produced tomatoes that were fine.
Most of the things that affect tomatoes don't gain entry from the removed branches, do use a sharp instrument and clip cleanly, plant as deep as possible, the trench means lay it on it's side and curve it up into and above the base of the soil, and good luck
Ive always read that removing branches and pruning leaves an open wound for diseases to enter. How else do diseases enter plants excelpt trough open wounds? In commercial production they call it mechanical wounding, but I doubt if potting soil used in a grow bag would be much of a problem. I agree trenching is a great idea just not sure if its possible to do that in a grow bag with plants that big??? Id hate to see the stem get broken. Im not trying to argue I want to learn too. That is always one of the reasons Ive seen not to remove or prune plants. As it leaves an open wound. Anyway, Im always open to learning new information.
Thanks everyone...so it seems the concensus is to remove the side branches up to the 1st
set of leaves and set them into the growbag up to the 1st set of leaves. The grow bags are
10 gal. but I don't think it will be possible to trench the plants. Do I have it right?
Now can ask you a question? Where did you get your grow bags, I'm thinking of trying a few of those? Thanks!
You might even put the plant in the grow bag and then add the soil carefully around it. I never planted a plant that large vertically only by trenching. When I plant in the trench I never remove the branches bc, as Carolyn said, they come off all by themselves. I do have a Box Car Willie that I planted in a trench and now the branches are coming up along the buried stem but it's doing great. In the grow bag I think your only option is to plant deep vertically.
If you withhold watering for awhile your defrocked plant should be limp and pliable enough that you could bend it enough to make an "L" in the trench, without breaking it. A 10-gallon bag will give you a little room to play with. As I recall, your growbag is wider than it is deep.
For some reason when I tried the link above I was sent to a Century Link search website.
However, I was able to get to Owlyn's website buy going to www.owlyn.com. If you're looking
for 10 gallon grow-bags the 10-pack of 10 gallon grow-bags is out of stock but they do have
The problem with the first link is that it lacks the .com on it. The second link doesn't work for me. I end up going to go.megento.com, its problem is the period after the com. The correct link is http://www.owlyn.com/