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May 16, 2015 10:05 AM CST
Name: Keith
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Every year I grow many tomato plants. I never have trouble getting the plants to grow, they get quite large.

I noticed with some varieties, like big zac or reistomate, I get huge plants but small fruit. I would like to get the fruit much larger for the tomato contest coming up.

I don't cut off suckers, I tried that once and seemed to get almost no fruit and thin stem growth that flops over. I read determinate tomatoes you shouldn't do that, but indeterminate you can, not sure what kind mine are.
There is also a way to prune seedlings but I never learnt how to do this so my plants are tall and thin shape.

Not sure how often to fertilize, I use Jobes tomato and vegetable granular fertilizer.
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May 16, 2015 10:50 AM CST
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Lots and lots of sunlight and good rich living soil are the two main things tomatoes need. After that, consistent watering is important.

Do you have a photo of your tomato plants that you could share?
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May 16, 2015 5:56 PM CST
Name: Dillard Haley
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For show tomatoes, start with a large variety indeterminate, plant in good deep soil, in full sun, prune to a single leader, thin the crown set to one or two tomatoes. You will not get a lot of tomatoes but you will get size.
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May 16, 2015 10:52 PM CST
Name: Keith
Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
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farmerdill said:For show tomatoes, start with a large variety indeterminate, plant in good deep soil, in full sun, prune to a single leader, thin the crown set to one or two tomatoes. You will not get a lot of tomatoes but you will get size.


That seems like the answer I was looking for. They get plenty of sun, water, and rich soil so the pruning and fewer tomatoes should solve the problem.
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