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Ckhoop
Jun 14, 2020 6:18 AM CST
I am starting to get fruit on our cherry tomato plant. Do I need to prune the leaves /stems below the fruit? Thanks
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JBarstool
Jun 14, 2020 6:30 AM CST
Not as a result of its having set fruit, but it is beneficial to remove those that are near soil level to reduce potential spread of disease from soil splash. Do pinch the suckers (those small branches that form in the crotch between main stem and branch), particularly if it is an indeterminate. It can be useful to remove some growth to improve air flow if the plant is particularly bushy.
FYI, if when you remove the suckers any are of decent size - say 6" or 8" - they root particularly easily and give you additional plants pretty quickly. Some people do so by putting them in water until they sprout, I find it easier to remove most side growth and just place them in moist soil with most of the stem buried.
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DaisyI
Jun 14, 2020 9:59 AM CST
I don't prune anything. But, if dirt splashes up on the leaves when you water, it may be wise to remove those leaves (or stop splashing). Removing suckers is a personal choice. I have tried it both ways and it makes no difference in the size or quality of your tomato crop.
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Port d'Envaux, France (Zone 9a)
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JBarstool
Jun 14, 2020 10:41 AM CST
DaisyI said:I don't prune anything. But, if dirt splashes up on the leaves when you water, it may be wise to remove those leaves (or stop splashing). Removing suckers is a personal choice. I have tried it both ways and it makes no difference in the size or quality of your tomato crop.


Ahhh, but I bet Reno NV has lower humidity than Palm Beach Florida and that, therefore, better air circulation might benefit CK more.

But, yes, it is all a matter of personal choice. Not removing suckers or pruning is not going to be a death sentence for your plants.

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Panama City Beach, Florida.
Ckhoop
Jun 14, 2020 3:14 PM CST
Thanks all!!! Appreciate the input... it takes a village
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JBarstool
Jun 15, 2020 6:05 AM CST
Ckhoop said:Thanks all!!! Appreciate the input... it takes a village


It takes a village... to raise tomatoes. But only one greedy gardener to eat and horde them all.
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