The Q&A Archives: Long Branches On Tomato Plants - Small Fruit

Question: Once again, I have not had a 'successful' tomato year. My plants grew long, long branches and small tomatos. Next season, should I cut back the branches?

Answer: I wouldn't cut back the stems of the plants next year, but would choose a 'determinate' variety of tomatoes (plants that grow to a certain size and then stop growing). To help you determine why your plants are so leggy with such sparse fruit, here are a few observations: An overabundance of nitrogen fertilizer can result in lots of green growth, at the expense of fruit. Be careful with the fertilizer next year, and be sure to provide all day sunshine to your plants so they won't have to stretch to get the light they require. Hope next year's harvest exceeds your expectations!

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