How to Prune Tomatoes

To prune or not to prune? That is the question.
To prune or not to prune? That is the question.

If you’re growing tomatoes, you’re going to have to face this question sooner or later: to prune or not to prune? There are certain advantages and disadvantages to pruning. The best way for you to decide is to weigh the pros and cons.

Tomato plants, when left to just grow by themselves, will grow into multi-stemmed plants. Because of their weight, they have the tendency to topple over. Sprawled on the ground, the plants are at high risk of being attacked by diseases and pests. Pruning can help your tomato plants grow healthy.

Pruning works best with indeterminate varieties.
Pruning works best with indeterminate varieties.

However, before you decide to prune, know the variety of your tomato plant. Pruning works best with indeterminate varieties. These are the ones that usually climb up a grill or a trellis.

Pruning will help keep your plants compact. This means no sprawling on the ground and would ultimately translate to healthier plants thereby maximizing production.

Tools:

  • Pruner or garden clippers

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Do you want to learn how to prune tomatoes? Watch this video.

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