The Q&A Archives: Tomatoe plants

Question: Hello I have three beefstake plants and they are over six feet tall. They are producing some tomatoes, but they are pretty small and not many. If I trim up the plants will it hurt them? I have never seen a tomatoe plant grow over six feet.

Answer: Sounds like you're growing an indeterminate type tomato plant - one that will grow and produce flowers and fruits all season long. (Determinate type plants grow to a specific height, develop flowers and fruit and then stop producing.) As long as the weather is warm, your plant will continue to grow and flower. It's not necessary to pinch the tops of the plants, but sometimes gardeners pinch out the growing tips to force the plant to ripen the existing fruit - especially if it's late in the season and they're concerned about frost. Since you live in sunny Florida, your tomato plant can grow and fruit right up through December. I'd just leave it alone and allow it to flower and grow at will.

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