Pinching Cherry Tomato Vines - Knowledgebase Question

Fountain Valley, CA
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Question by jgemme
June 22, 1998
I have some Supersweet 100 cherry tomato plants growing against a fence on my patio.
I would like to keep them under control so that they do not get too tall or take up too much space.
Will cutting the tops of the plants off keep them shorter. Any advice you have would be appreciated.

Answer from NGA
June 22, 1998
Your Supersweet 100 is an indeterminate tomato plant that will continue to grow and flower throughout the season. If you cut or pinch out the top of the plant you'll promote bushy growth and additional stems, which will eventually develop flowers. If you pinch and prune the plant all season, you'll get fewer fruit, but you'll be able to keep the plant in bounds. When you pinch out the top of the plant, you can root the cutting in water if you want more tomato plants.

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