The Q&A Archives: Pruning Tomato Plants

Question: How does one prevent a tomato plant from just growing into an enormous plant and not producing any fruit? I was told that one could clip back the small leaves between two leaves. Does that sound familar ? Allen Harrisburg, PA

Answer: Your tomato plant should begin producing flowers and fruit on its own--no need for you to prune. You can pinch off those little "suckers" growing in the space where a branch meets the stem, but you really don't need to. There are all sorts of theorieson pruning tomatoes--but they have more to do with "training" the vines and to maximum or early production. Just be sure to provide plenty of water and nutrients. Stay away from a high-nitrogen fertilizer. Nitrogen encourages the growth of foliage at the expense of fruit. Choose one with a 5-10-10 rating or something close to that ratio of N:P:K.

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