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Post  giant_trainer on 6/24/2014, 7:58 pm

...trim off the ugly spent leaves and fruit pod things off the bottom of my tomato vines?   Hope so cuz I did.  Looks better and more airy!
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Post  jimmy cee on 6/24/2014, 10:41 pm

I've been trimming all of my tomato plants underneath, I keep about an 18 inch clearance from the lowest leaf to the ground.
Doing this has served me well, lots of air movement I keep any foreign plants from growing and I just like to neat looking view. Havent suffered any negatives effects that I'm aware of.
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Post  camprn on 6/24/2014, 10:46 pm

Yup I do the same thing. I prune below the lowest fruiting body. As Jimmy said it allows for better air circulation and give open access for direct watering to the bed.

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Post  giant_trainer on 6/24/2014, 11:03 pm

Great!  Thanks.
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Post  GWN on 6/24/2014, 11:16 pm

I also prune to the lowest tomato cluster, and all the suckers above as well.
Jimmie C, your tomatoes look wonderful, what type have you got growing there?
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Post  Marc Iverson on 6/25/2014, 12:28 am

Doing so is one of the most recommended ways to make it harder for diseases to establish and spread. Improved air flow and lower humidity do it.
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Post  sanderson on 6/25/2014, 3:54 am

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Post  jimmy cee on 6/25/2014, 10:31 am

@GWN wrote:I also prune to the lowest tomato cluster, and all the suckers above as well.
Jimmie C, your tomatoes look wonderful, what type have you got growing there?
That was last years crop of Roma's.
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Post  AtlantaMarie on 6/25/2014, 1:05 pm

What great advice!  I guess I know what I'm going to be doing tomorrow morning...!

Is it okay to do that with other items as well?  Anything it WOULDN'T be okay to do on?
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Post  Marc Iverson on 6/25/2014, 1:18 pm

Beans are good, peas, peppers, anything in the nightshade family.

I've read some people who have grown a lot of peppers claim that peppers should be grown close, that peppers "like to be touching." Additionally, I've seen oregano and other herbs recommended to be planted close to them so as to increase their local humidity. That doesn't necessarily mean fungi won't spread on them as easily as anywhere else when it's humid, but it does suggest that there may be other things worth considering when choosing how to grow some crops. As another example, pea enation virus is among the many that are more easily spread when plants are close together, but who is going to plant peas only one or two per square foot? You have to balance out how much risk you're willing to accept with other considerations. One way to avoid virus problems is to plant nothing at all!
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Post  Goosegirl on 6/26/2014, 8:06 am

@Marc Iverson wrote:...  One way to avoid virus problems is to plant nothing at all!

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Post  AtlantaMarie on 6/26/2014, 8:16 am

LOL.  Yeah, well, not an option...  Not at this point!

Thanks for the advice.  Have been having trouble watering due to denseness of leaves, etc.  That will solve the problem nicely.
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Post  jrfrommd on 6/26/2014, 7:36 pm

@jimmy cee wrote:I've been trimming all of my tomato plants underneath, I keep about an 18 inch clearance from the lowest leaf to the ground.
Doing this has served me well, lots of air movement I keep any foreign plants from growing and I just like to neat looking view. Havent suffered any negatives effects that I'm aware of.
Man oh Man! THOSE are some well maintained tomato plants.....I would be shamefaced to post a picture of my Tomato-jungles after seeing that!...Well done Jimmy Cee carrot
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Post  jimmy cee on 6/26/2014, 10:54 pm

@jrfrommd wrote:
@jimmy cee wrote:I've been trimming all of my tomato plants underneath, I keep about an 18 inch clearance from the lowest leaf to the ground.
Doing this has served me well, lots of air movement I keep any foreign plants from growing and I just like to neat looking view. Havent suffered any negatives effects that I'm aware of.
Man oh Man! THOSE are some well maintained tomato plants.....I would be shamefaced to post a picture of my Tomato-jungles after seeing that!...Well done Jimmy Cee carrot
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honestly, there was nothing to it.
These were started from seeds (first time ) when conditions were right I set them in the ground, watered and watched them grow...I bet yours will come around...by the way this years (due to the weather) tomatos are just now starting to look like nice bushes.
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