The Q&A Archives: Gangly Tomato Plants

Question: Our tomato plants grew tall and gangly this year with next to no fruit. Is it possible to prune plants back to force thicker growth and possible crop?

Answer: Kenneth,

You could prune them back and allow them to resprout new growth which would have time to set fruit if you prune them now. Another option is to start a new plant from the old ones this time of the year. Take the end of a vine and lay it in a hole with about 6" of the end sticking out. Cover it with soil and water the spot well every day or so for a week. In a couple of weeks, you can cut the new plant from the "mother plant" and remove the mother plant.

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