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
» What are you eating from your garden today?
by BeetlesPerSqFt Today at 6:53 pm

» Gardening in Central Pennsylvania
by BeetlesPerSqFt Today at 6:34 pm

» To all my SFG pals and more.
by Scorpio Rising Today at 6:34 pm

» Spring Fever Anyone?
by Scorpio Rising Today at 6:27 pm

» Third Year SFG in Canada
by trolleydriver Today at 5:29 pm

» Green Juicing: Growing & Recipes Ideas
by CapeCoddess Today at 1:36 pm

» Help - Building new raised beds
by BeetlesPerSqFt Today at 12:27 pm

» Seed starting station..
by BeetlesPerSqFt Today at 8:54 am

» 2017 SFG in Brooks, Ga
by sanderson Today at 5:40 am

» CANADIAN REGION: What are you doing January 2017
by Kelejan Today at 2:26 am

» Escarole in SFG
by BeetlesPerSqFt Today at 12:55 am

» N & C Midwest: January 2017!
by Scorpio Rising Yesterday at 10:36 pm

» Cauliflower
by sanderson Yesterday at 7:37 pm

» Sad News from Jimmy Cee
by ralitaco Yesterday at 7:27 pm

» Northern California & Coastal Valleys - What are you doing this month?
by sanderson Yesterday at 5:30 pm

» Grow Light Question
by camprn Yesterday at 4:30 pm

» Senseless Banter...
by donnainzone5 Yesterday at 4:24 pm

» New England January 2017
by CapeCoddess Yesterday at 2:20 pm

» My Shreveport Garden 2017
by countrynaturals Yesterday at 1:15 pm

» Butterfly Junction
by countrynaturals Yesterday at 12:15 pm

» Forum Poll: Social Media
by countrynaturals Yesterday at 12:07 pm

» 2017 Burpee seeds are already on display at HD
by yolos Yesterday at 12:49 am

» EMT Clips
by sanderson 1/21/2017, 6:51 pm

» How's the Weather Where You're At?
by sanderson 1/21/2017, 4:24 pm

» Baker Creek's Seed Bank Store in Petaluma, CA
by sanderson 1/21/2017, 4:18 pm

» Making Smoothies
by sanderson 1/21/2017, 12:45 am

» Holy snow Batman!
by AtlantaMarie 1/20/2017, 8:18 pm

» Food Dehydrators
by sanderson 1/20/2017, 1:21 pm

» Green Ice Leaf Lettuce
by MrBooker 1/20/2017, 4:46 am

» Gardening Australia
by Scorpio Rising 1/19/2017, 10:05 pm

Google

Search SFG Forum

Newbie tomato pruning question

View previous topic View next topic Go down

Newbie tomato pruning question

Post  fustian on 6/2/2011, 9:09 pm

I've been trying to prune my tomato plants to remove suckers now that they are out in the garden. However, I'm not sure if I'm doing it correctly.

Firstly, I've been trying to remove suckers once I see them, but am worried that I have been doing it too soon and perhaps pruning things that I shouldn't. The photo here shows a sucker that I would prune (circled in red):



Should I be pruning at this stage? Or is it too early to determine if this is a sucker or needed growth?

Secondly, I have several plants where there seem to be rather large "suckers" already. For instance:



Is the node circled in red a sucker? It seems so large. My transplants have only been out in the garden for two weeks now.

Or these two:





Again, they seem too large to be suckers. Yet, there are three "nodes" which means that the middle one has to be a sucker - right? I've read several topics here (and watched linked videos) on pruning tomatoes, yet when I'm faced with the actual plant I just can't seem to tell where I should prune. I have a short growing season and am worried that I am sabotaging my yields by removing the bits of the plant that produce tomatoes!

If it matters, I am as sure as I can be that these are all indeterminate plants. I think the varieties pictured are brandy wine, persimmon, golden cherry, and red zebra - but I may be incorrectly remembering which plants I photographed.

Any pruning advice would be greatly appreciated!

fustian

Female Posts : 11
Join date : 2010-07-31
Age : 41
Location : Ottawa, Ontario

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Newbie tomato pruning question

Post  westie42 on 6/2/2011, 9:55 pm

Here is a good youtube on pruning that has been referenced somewhere in the forums before. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qJgA4n-sCE8&feature=related

westie42

Male Posts : 512
Join date : 2011-03-22
Age : 75
Location : West Union, Iowa

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Newbie tomato pruning question

Post  shannon1 on 6/3/2011, 1:46 am

I let mine get a little larger than the one in the first pic but one does not have, you can pinch them at that size if you want to. A cheap and easy way to get more plants is to let a sucker grow about 4-6 inches snip it off with snippers and root it in water on a sunny window sill, Stick it in some MM for a week or two and then out in the garden just like any other seedling.
I also clip any leaves that touch the ground to help keep the plant healthy.

shannon1

Posts : 1697
Join date : 2011-04-01
Location : zone 9a St.Johns county FL

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Newbie tomato pruning question

Post  Tril on 6/3/2011, 7:44 am

One of the "rules" I learned from a video linked here was this...

Remove suckers below the top group of blossoms, never above it. This keeps it simple for me. That way you never wonder if you're snapping off the top of the vine.

Tril

Female Posts : 198
Join date : 2011-04-30
Location : Gardiner, Maine, 5a

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Newbie tomato pruning question

Post  fustian on 6/3/2011, 9:59 am

Thanks for the help!

I have watched that video, but I guess I'm a little gun-shy in practice. I suppose in the first "large sucker" photo I posted that there is clearly blossoms above that first sucker?

It seems to me that I take out a lot of suckers. I'll go out and take a look nearly every day, and there will always be more suckers there. Is that possible or does that mean I'm pruning away too much?

fustian

Female Posts : 11
Join date : 2010-07-31
Age : 41
Location : Ottawa, Ontario

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Newbie tomato pruning question

Post  sherryeo on 6/3/2011, 5:07 pm

fustian, You will be fine. You'll get more sure of yourself with practice. The tomato plants are sturdier than you might think when it comes to pruning. Just remember that the suckers form in the "v" between the main stalk and a leaf. The sucker is just basically what would become yet another branch, if allowed to grow. Pruning them just allows more energy to be put towards growing the tomatoes, rather than the bushes. Just be sure to keep any pruning below the most recent flower stem. Very Happy

sherryeo

Female Posts : 850
Join date : 2011-04-03
Age : 65
Location : Mississippi Gulf Coast Zone 8B

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Newbie tomato pruning question

Post  Squat_Johnson on 6/3/2011, 5:11 pm

If you make a mistake and break off the top, just let one of the suckers take over as the main stem. These plants are very tough to take out accidentally.

Squat_Johnson

Male Posts : 440
Join date : 2010-05-25
Location : Beaver Dam, Kentucky, zone 6a

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Newbie tomato pruning question

Post  Sponsored content Today at 8:09 pm


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