Square Foot Gardening Forum

Hello Guest!
Welcome to the official Square Foot Gardening Forum.
There's lots to learn here by reading as a guest. However, if you become a member (it's free, ad free and spam-free) you'll have access to our large vermiculite databases, our seed exchange spreadsheets, Mel's Mix calculator, and many more members' pictures in the Gallery. Enjoy.


Search
 
 

Display results as :
 

 


Rechercher Advanced Search

Latest topics
» Root Knot Nematodes - PROGRESS!
by ralitaco Yesterday at 11:41 pm

» What are you eating from your garden today?
by BeetlesPerSqFt Yesterday at 11:40 pm

» Our 2017 garden makeover
by ralitaco Yesterday at 11:35 pm

» How's the Weather Where You're At?
by sanderson Yesterday at 10:55 pm

» Plant ID
by No_Such_Reality Yesterday at 8:24 pm

» Senseless Banter...
by trolleydriver Yesterday at 3:44 pm

» Third Year SFG in Canada
by trolleydriver Yesterday at 2:04 pm

» CANADIAN REGION: What are you doing February 2017?
by Kelejan Yesterday at 1:07 pm

» Western Mount/High Plains: Seed Planting Dates zone 5b
by RoOsTeR Yesterday at 8:58 am

» I'll get my Texas garden right yet
by RoOsTeR Yesterday at 8:57 am

» Roots...information....
by MrBooker Yesterday at 6:19 am

» Is this wood correct for building box?
by sanderson Yesterday at 4:42 am

» Hello from IA Zone 5
by sanderson Yesterday at 4:38 am

» Feedback for my 2017 garden plan
by sanderson Yesterday at 2:10 am

» ticks
by camprn 2/20/2017, 11:18 pm

» N&C Midwest: February 2017
by CitizenKate 2/20/2017, 10:58 pm

» Gardening in Central Pennsylvania, 3rd year SFG
by BeetlesPerSqFt 2/20/2017, 10:15 pm

» Peppers with black spots
by camprn 2/20/2017, 10:10 pm

» February 2017 Avatar: Time to Wake Up!
by sanderson 2/20/2017, 9:37 pm

» broccoli stunted
by yolos 2/20/2017, 9:34 pm

» Northern California & Coastal Valleys - What are you doing this month?
by yolos 2/20/2017, 7:35 pm

» Butterfly Junction
by countrynaturals 2/20/2017, 6:10 pm

» Sanderson - Virtual Roadtrip Flyover
by trolleydriver 2/20/2017, 4:24 pm

» Carrot Week 2017!
by Goosegirl 2/20/2017, 3:53 pm

» Problems getting spinach seeds to sprout? Try this...
by trolleydriver 2/20/2017, 3:52 pm

» Spring Fever Anyone?
by newbeone 2/20/2017, 3:15 pm

» The raised bed of my dreams!
by ralitaco 2/19/2017, 9:20 pm

» Help - Building new raised beds
by ralitaco 2/19/2017, 9:06 pm

» Microbes...you gotta see this one !!!
by jimmy cee 2/19/2017, 8:20 pm

» 2017 SFG in Brooks, Ga
by yolos 2/19/2017, 5:41 pm

Google

Search SFG Forum

Prune or grow amuck ?

View previous topic View next topic Go down

Prune or grow amuck ?

Post  bbbevey on 6/24/2013, 7:47 am

Do you prune your tomato plants through the season or do you let them grow wildly.  I prune the suckers off but am thinking that there has to be a better way to keep these guys under some kind of control.  I don't want to hamper my harvest but, boy, last year I think I used three pounds of twine on my tomatoes, and had them tied to anything that would support those branches. If you stood around in one place too long, you had a tomato plant tied to you. Laughing If there is a way, I would love some direction on how to prune to keep these guys in line.

bbbevey

Posts : 15
Join date : 2013-05-19
Location : ny

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Prune or grow amuck ?

Post  plantoid on 6/24/2013, 7:50 am

To save lots of typing. Google "  pruning tomatoes " there is a host of good articles on it as well as some photo images .
When you've read it see if it makes sense then come back and tell us if you need more help.

I only have vine tomatoes not bush types
I myself run the plants up loose string wrapping the growing plant around the string that is tied to a catenary wire running the length of my glasshouse.

Outside I use 8 foot garden stakes and use rubber covered soft wire to attach at every foot or so
The pruning I do is taking off all the suckers and side shoots as they occur using sharp scissors then remove all leaves below a well formed cluster , once the toms have five full trusses I nip the tops out so the plant can divert all their energies into the fruits.


Last edited by plantoid on 6/24/2013, 7:58 am; edited 2 times in total

plantoid

Male Posts : 3661
Join date : 2011-11-09
Age : 66

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Prune or grow amuck ?

Post  camprn on 6/24/2013, 7:56 am

Pruning is a great management technique, especially in the congested SFG. I think what Plantoid is trying to say is there are multiple back threads on this forum about pruning tomatoes. Try the search feature on the left. Type in various words about pruning tomatoes and you should find lots of information.

____________________________

41 years a gardener and going strong with SFG.
http://squarefoot.creatingforum.com/t3574-the-end-of-july-7-weeks-until-frost

There are certain pursuits which, if not wholly poetic and true, do at least suggest a nobler and finer relation to nature than we know. The keeping of bees, for instance. ~ Henry David Thoreau

http://squarefoot.creatingforum.com/t1306-other-gardening-books




camprn

Forum Moderator Certified SFG Teacher

Female Posts : 14075
Join date : 2010-03-06
Age : 54
Location : Keene, NH, USA ~ Zone 5a

View user profile http://squarefoot.creatingforum.com/t3574-the-end-of-july-7-week

Back to top Go down

Re: Prune or grow amuck ?

Post  bbbevey on 6/24/2013, 4:04 pm

thank you Camprn and plantoid too.

bbbevey

Posts : 15
Join date : 2013-05-19
Location : ny

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Prune or grow amuck ?

Post  bbbevey on 6/24/2013, 4:54 pm

found a thread. Some nice trellising going on there. Very Happy

bbbevey

Posts : 15
Join date : 2013-05-19
Location : ny

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Prune or grow amuck ?

Post  yolos on 6/24/2013, 6:54 pm

This is the best instructional video on pruning and stringing tomatoes I have found.  
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qJgA4n-sCE8&feature=endscreen&NR=1

yolos

Female Posts : 2962
Join date : 2011-11-20
Age : 67
Location : Brooks, Ga Zone 7B/8A

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Nice link

Post  Windmere on 6/25/2013, 11:55 am

@yolos wrote:This is the best instructional video on pruning and stringing tomatoes I have found.  
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qJgA4n-sCE8&feature=endscreen&NR=1
Hi yolos,

Thanks for posting the link to this video.  I learned quite a bit from it.  I actually stepped on one of my tomatoes and broke the stem so that the plant was reduced to about five inches in height.  I thought I had lost it... but it sprouted another branch and has quickly grown to about a foot high.  Plants sure are amazing and resilient!

Windmere

Male Posts : 1425
Join date : 2013-02-26
Age : 48
Location : Fayetteville, GA - Zone 7B - 8A

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Prune or grow amuck ?

Post  quiltbea on 6/25/2013, 12:00 pm

That 'Front Porch' video is the one that, a few years ago, got me hooked on stringing my tomatoes and removing the suckers every couple of weeks.  It sure makes a difference for me.  Easier.

quiltbea

Female Posts : 4617
Join date : 2010-03-21
Age : 74
Location : Southwestern Maine Zone 5A

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Prune or grow amuck ?

Post  krisandbert on 6/25/2013, 1:36 pm

Thanks for posting this video! Gives me new plans for next year. We just got back from vacation and my tomato plants went crazy. I should have staked them before we left. I had a hard time yesterday.

Now I'm thinking of building my trellis up on both ends and connecting them on the top giving me something to hold my strings to.

What kind of string is that in the video?

krisandbert

Female Posts : 33
Join date : 2013-04-03
Age : 41
Location : Kentucky

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Prune or grow amuck ?

Post  Hoggar on 6/25/2013, 1:44 pm

Here is the video that I learned to Prune and trellis my toms from.

How To Prune Tomatoes, Capel Manor College.

I Trellis them on a 10' tall trellis over an 8' X 2' Box one plant per square.




Hoggar

Male Posts : 304
Join date : 2011-03-30
Location : Salt Lake City, Ut

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Prune or grow amuck ?

Post  krisandbert on 6/25/2013, 1:48 pm

so do you dedicate that box just for tomatoes?

krisandbert

Female Posts : 33
Join date : 2013-04-03
Age : 41
Location : Kentucky

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Prune or grow amuck ?

Post  sanderson on 6/25/2013, 10:09 pm

I suckered a Roma, that is supposed to be a determinant, at the first 4 leaves. Then I read in the Forum that you want to keep suckers because it's a short tomato. It's now pushing 8 feet high, with many thriving staked suckers, and has 20-something fruits.

sanderson

Forum Moderator Certified SFG Teacher

Female Posts : 12881
Join date : 2013-04-21
Age : 68
Location : Fresno CA Zone 8-9

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Prune or grow amuck ?

Post  Hoggar on 7/12/2013, 10:19 am

Yes Krisandbert, that box is just tomatoes one per foot. I use Jute twine to string them and I sucker them to one vine.

Sanderson, I also found out the hard way, to not sucker my determinants. I had suckered 4 of my determinants and lost most of my potential crop from those plants.

Hoggar

Male Posts : 304
Join date : 2011-03-30
Location : Salt Lake City, Ut

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Prune or grow amuck ?

Post  Sponsored content


Sponsored content


Back to top Go down

View previous topic View next topic Back to top


 
Permissions in this forum:
You cannot reply to topics in this forum