Square Foot Gardening Forum
[table bgcolor=#000000 height=275][tr][td]

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.


[/td][/tr][/table]
Search
 
 

Display results as :
 

 


Rechercher Advanced Search

Latest topics
» New England August 2017
by hammock gal Today at 8:03 am

» What to do with fallen unripe tomatoes?
by RoOsTeR Today at 7:46 am

» Any Strange and Wonderful Visitors? Photos please!
by hammock gal Today at 7:44 am

» Total lunar / solar eclipse
by sanderson Today at 3:34 am

» Cutting back on my SFG about 75%
by Kelejan Today at 12:35 am

» How's the Weather Where You're At?
by Kelejan Today at 12:32 am

» CANADIAN REGION: What are you doing in August 2017? 2017
by Kelejan Today at 12:23 am

» Anyone growing fall peas in zone 7 TN
by BeetlesPerSqFt Yesterday at 9:40 pm

» N & C Midwest: August is here!!! 2017
by Scorpio Rising Yesterday at 9:17 pm

» 2017 corn pictures
by Fiz Yesterday at 7:41 pm

» Composting Particle Board?
by BeetlesPerSqFt Yesterday at 4:18 pm

» What are you eating from your garden today?
by hammock gal Yesterday at 4:13 pm

» Hello gardener's
by sanderson Yesterday at 1:58 pm

» The Best Steps for Storing Tomatillos
by donnainzone5 Yesterday at 11:36 am

» Eggplant - (Japanese) Millionaire
by countrynaturals Yesterday at 11:10 am

» What I've learned this year
by countrynaturals 8/20/2017, 9:17 pm

» Plumeria ?
by sanderson 8/20/2017, 6:07 pm

» How Many Square Feet Do You Have?
by llama momma 8/20/2017, 1:58 pm

» Baba Ghanoush
by sanderson 8/20/2017, 12:04 pm

» Beets; Don't be intimidated!
by BeetlesPerSqFt 8/20/2017, 11:05 am

» Third Year SFG in Canada
by sanderson 8/20/2017, 10:30 am

» Happy Birthday!!
by sanderson 8/20/2017, 10:09 am

» Caterpillars -Armyworm?
by BeetlesPerSqFt 8/19/2017, 8:58 pm

» Oregon City Newbie
by trolleydriver 8/19/2017, 1:04 pm

» Newbie Oldbie
by sanderson 8/19/2017, 12:53 pm

» who has chickens
by llama momma 8/18/2017, 1:40 pm

» Tips for compost tumbler
by trolleydriver 8/18/2017, 12:10 pm

» Franken-mato!!!
by hammock gal 8/18/2017, 7:48 am

» Mid-Atl - Aug 2017 - Planning/Planting Fall/Winter Garden
by BeetlesPerSqFt 8/17/2017, 11:05 pm

» Amaranth
by Scorpio Rising 8/17/2017, 9:53 pm

Google

Search SFG Forum

Pruning Tomatoe Plants

View previous topic View next topic Go down

Pruning Tomatoe Plants

Post  Mic on 5/2/2010, 9:52 pm

I have been using the SFG method for a few years now and growing my tomatoes vertically, however I don't think I have ever done a good job pruning the plant as it is growing. I re-read this section in the new SFG book and I was a little unclear. Mel says to keep pruning off all the side branches you have one main stem. Aren't all the side branches where you get your blooms at? Will you get enough blooms on just a single stalk?

I want to try this I am just afraid if I start chopping off all of my side branches that I will end up with a big stalk at the end of the summer and no tomatoes.
avatar
Mic

Male Posts : 9
Join date : 2010-05-02
Location : NW Ohio

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Pruning Tomatoe Plants

Post  camprn on 5/2/2010, 9:56 pm

Hi Mic, there are a couple of threads about pruning tomatoes, and some good video links. Use the search feature and you'll find lots of great info. Good luck! Very Happy
avatar
camprn

Forum Moderator Certified SFG Teacher

Female Posts : 14165
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

Pruning Tomatoe Plants

Post  Bec on 5/3/2010, 9:06 am

Mic,
It isn't the actual side branch you are pruning off. It's the little "sucker" that grows between the branch and the main stem - you know - in the crease where the side branch is growing from the main stem. Hope that helps.

Bec

Bec

Certified SFG Instructor

Female Posts : 247
Join date : 2010-03-23
Location : Western NC - Zone 6a (mountains)

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Thanks!

Post  Mic on 5/3/2010, 10:14 am

Thank you to both of you. I checked around the forum a little and found some cool videos and a few other good threads and after checking those out I see exactly what I need to do.

Bec, thank you for your comment, because I wasn't sure if you were also supposed to take off the first few branches from the bottom or leave them on.
avatar
Mic

Male Posts : 9
Join date : 2010-05-02
Location : NW Ohio

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Pruning Tomatoe Plants

Post  Bec on 5/3/2010, 10:26 am

Well, actually, I have read (and will try it this year myself) that you take off the very bottom set of leaves when planting and lay the root/stem down in the dirt until it is covered to just under the next set of leaves. That will give the plant a good root system.

Bec

Bec

Certified SFG Instructor

Female Posts : 247
Join date : 2010-03-23
Location : Western NC - Zone 6a (mountains)

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Pruning Tomatoe Plants

Post  Mic on 5/3/2010, 11:26 am

@Bec wrote:Well, actually, I have read (and will try it this year myself) that you take off the very bottom set of leaves when planting and lay the root/stem down in the dirt until it is covered to just under the next set of leaves. That will give the plant a good root system.

Now that I have tried and it does work very well. I don't think you have to water as much when you do this. However what I was referring to above was actually pruning off the bottom branches as the plant grew taller. Maybe the first 2-3 bottom branches, after it is planted, but from what I saw nobody else did that, instead they just removed the "suckers" as you mentioned, so I figure I will just try that this year and see what happens.
avatar
Mic

Male Posts : 9
Join date : 2010-05-02
Location : NW Ohio

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Pruning Tomatoe Plants

Post  camprn on 5/3/2010, 11:54 am

I remove the lower foliage after plant is well established and fruiting. The main reason being to reduce mold and fungus potential and getting better air circulation through the whole plant.
avatar
camprn

Forum Moderator Certified SFG Teacher

Female Posts : 14165
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: Pruning Tomatoe Plants

Post  Mic on 5/3/2010, 2:07 pm

@camprn wrote:I remove the lower foliage after plant is well established and fruiting. The main reason being to reduce mold and fungus potential and getting better air circulation through the whole plant.

Starting in from the ground about how high do you trim up? Also do you take the entire side branch off to the main stalk?
avatar
Mic

Male Posts : 9
Join date : 2010-05-02
Location : NW Ohio

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Pruning Tomatoe Plants

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