Ask a Question forum: To prune or not to prune---that is the question

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Name: Michelle
Pleasant Lake MI (Zone 6a)
Region: Michigan Canning and food preservation Keeper of Poultry Herbs Organic Gardener Butterflies
Garden Ideas: Level 1
Jul 16, 2017 6:02 AM CST
Tomatoes, specifically. They are about 4 1/2 feet tall and flowering and setting fruit. If I let them go, my experience is that they will get to be 6 feet tall and unmanageable. Can I prune them? How do I do that so I still get tomatoes later? I planted late (again), at the beginning of June, but everything but the peppers and cucumbers is going great guns at it. Last year we had tomatoes into October!
Also, found the first hornworm of the season the other day. I hate those guys.
Is treise an dúchas ná an oiliúint.
(Nature is stronger than nurture)
Eastern Tennessee (Zone 7a)
Jul 16, 2017 6:33 AM CST
Start at the bottom and prune up to the lowest set of fruit, removing everything. Above the first set of fruit - remove all the suckers.

Now the above assumes you have an indeterminate type of tomato - One that will produce all season long.

If you have a determinate variety - One that produces all its fruits at once and then is done - then dont prune - they really dont care for it.

Ill give you a link to a video that will show just how intensively its possible to prune tomatoes. Now this guy is doing small scale commercial - however - you can see clearly how intensively he prunes. So if you prune you should get a good idea of how far you can go. And he clearly explains how to identify suckers.

Vid Link -

Oh and also you might be interested in this for your peppers - I use this method and it works great.

Vid Link -
[Last edited by Nominix - Jul 16, 2017 6:55 AM (+)]
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