|I am a rookie gardener and have overplanted for the space that I have allocated for my garden. I have 6 foot tall tomatoe plants that are now bearing fruit, but because they are bunched together so closely the fruit on the bottom is not getting much sun. Is it o.k. to transplant these plants, if yes what is the safest way to do it considering that the plants are pretty attached to the cages.
|Answer from NGA
July 4, 2010
|I wouldn't transplant them, but I would pinch and prune them back to keep them at a more manageable size. You can prune off some of the branches without harming your plant. Start with branches that do not have any fruit forming and cut them off where they join the main stem. On branches that are developing fruits, pinch back some of the stem to shorten the branch, and remove anything growing from the stem that is not flowering or developing fruit. Some selective pinching and pruning should result in a smaller but still productive tomato plant.
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