The Q&A Archives: Pruning Tomatoes

Question: I have one Juliet tomato plant and it's doing exceptionally well. I have pinched all suckers and it is already 7' tall (as of July 21) with the first fruit just starting to ripen. On a few of the newer fruit clusters I am geting a vine growing out of the end of the cluster. Assuming they're suckers, I'm pinching them after the last fruit. What's going on and should I be pinching them?

Answer: There's no one right or wrong way to grow tomatoes--only experience will tell you which works best for you. If you do prune your plants, by removing suckers that sprout between the leaf and the stem, you'll get a tidier-looking plant that is easier to care for and pick from. You may also have less trouble with disease, since there will be better air circulation. You probably won't, however, get a higher yield than on an unpruned plant.

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