Tomatoes - Knowledgebase Question

Casa Grande, Ar
Question by Murphy445
January 21, 2010
How long will a tomato plant keep producing? There is new growth near the bottom of the plant. Current fruit is bitter.


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Answer from NGA
January 21, 2010

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If not subjected to freezing temperatures, tomato plants are perennial. Sounds like yours has wintered over pretty well. I'd wait until the weather begins to warm up - late February or early March - and prune the plant back. The new growth at the bottom of the plant will continue to grow and branch out, ultimately producing a tomato crop. The old tomatoes on your plant are past their prime so cut them off now. When the weather warms up, cut back any old stems and branches that look ratty or sparse to make room for the new growth. You should have an early and a tasty harvest. Enjoy!

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