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Should I just cut my tomato plants down

Post  CPN on 8/23/2010, 7:02 pm

If you are looking at your tomatoes on August 23rd and there are basically no green tomatoes in sight but some blooms visible, is it likely that you will reap the benefits of those blooms this late in the season? I am considering removing the tomatoes to just clean things up and allow peppers, a couple herbs plants, and an eggplant the much needed room to grow. What do you think?


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Post  Old Hippie on 8/23/2010, 8:46 pm

I don't know what your growing season is like but mine is winding down. I live in a zone 3b and probably have about another three weeks before I will have to pull mine up. Last night is went to 4C overnight so I can expect frost at night by the end of this month. But my tomatoes are still getting more flowers and producing so I am not giving up. I vow to protect them at night with blankets and plastic and remay and will stretch the season as long as I possibly can.

Did yours just start to produce flowers or have they been producing flowers but no fruit for some time? I just hate to give up on tomatoes.

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Post  Ha-v-v on 8/23/2010, 9:56 pm

I have tomato plants that will work right through the fall planting Im sure. I also hope to cover some tomato plants with a small green house for the winter. There is a man that has green house tomatoes through the winter here in Zone 8a. I buy them and they are good:) Zone 8's first frost date is Mid Oct. I myself would attempt to let them grow and maybe with the cooler fall weather you might get some more tomatoes. I know I have fought blight all summer and have done ok. I will be cutting some of my tomato plants out and planting cuttings I will have rooted for the fall in to winter. Im new at this growing thing myself, but I figure I have one bed of indeterminate tomatoes that are just giving and giving. I will do my best to keep them going till the first frost. Their trellis is too tall to make a green house over, we will see.
I am happy to take out some tomato plants, it was the first time I ever had tomato plants grow!! I over planted still thinking I was row gardening. I will work it down to one stake one tomato plant and go from there. I hope to have 8 tomato plants under a green house or something. If not I will be happy for the break in pruning:)

If you dont mind the watering of a plant let em grow I say Smile Maybe give them a boost of food, I do that like its a treat lol. I love epsom salts too. I put some manure/compost and some epsom salt sprinkled on and they like it a lot.

Hope my rambling helps Smile

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Post  janefss2002 on 8/23/2010, 11:01 pm

I'm with you Ha-v-v!
Last summer and now our tomato plants look, how should I say this, ... rugged. But once our Texas temps dropped below 100, they started to perk and only got better. We harvested last fall between Thanksgiving and Christmas enough tomatoes, various degrees of ripeness, to allow hubby to have raw tomatoes for breakfast until Jan 2 of this year! Yes, some did not pass quality assurance as they inside ripened and were tossed to compost, but more than half made it to be enjoyed.


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