Gangly Tomato Plants - Knowledgebase Question

Magnolia, Tx
Question by kippaul
July 4, 2007
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 from NGA
July 4, 2007



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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