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
» Northern California & Coastal Valleys - What are you doing this month?
by sanderson Today at 2:55 am

» My new compost heap
by brianj555 Yesterday at 8:48 pm

» Today's Harvest
by BeetlesPerSqFt Yesterday at 8:13 pm

» Microgreens Gardening
by countrynaturals Yesterday at 6:34 pm

» 2017: First full year of SFGing in ND
by Robbomb116 Yesterday at 11:55 am

» Holy snow Batman!
by trolleydriver Yesterday at 11:08 am

» Alternative cover to straw for overwintering strawberries.
by BeetlesPerSqFt Yesterday at 9:38 am

» First Frost!
by brianj555 11/20/2017, 3:27 pm

» Senseless Banter...
by BeetlesPerSqFt 11/20/2017, 11:29 am

» How Many Square Feet Do You Have?
by BeetlesPerSqFt 11/20/2017, 8:56 am

» What are you eating from your garden today?
by countrynaturals 11/19/2017, 1:16 pm

» The Winter Journey and greenhouse plastic
by BeetlesPerSqFt 11/19/2017, 11:14 am

» Tomato Questions
by brianj555 11/19/2017, 11:07 am

» Happy Birthday!!
by AtlantaMarie 11/19/2017, 5:37 am

» N&C Midwest; November Already? 2017
by Scorpio Rising 11/18/2017, 7:34 pm

» BOOK GIVEAWAY #5 - ENDS 11/17/17
by brianj555 11/18/2017, 4:12 pm

» What I learned this year
by countrynaturals 11/18/2017, 1:45 pm

» How's the Weather Where You're At?
by trolleydriver 11/18/2017, 9:26 am

» First Tromboncino female flower
by countrynaturals 11/17/2017, 5:51 pm

» Third Year SFG in Canada
by trolleydriver 11/17/2017, 1:59 pm

» Free lunaria seeds
by hammock gal 11/17/2017, 10:12 am

» Plastic containers / trash cans?
by sanderson 11/16/2017, 10:33 pm

» Mels book
by Scorpio Rising 11/16/2017, 7:04 pm

» Mid-Atl - Nov 2017 - Warming Up AGAIN?
by sanderson 11/16/2017, 4:17 pm

» 2017 SFG in Brooks, Ga
by Turan 11/15/2017, 4:59 pm

» Goodbye to my SFG Raised Beds
by Turan 11/15/2017, 4:41 pm

» Pickle recipes
by sanderson 11/15/2017, 4:12 am

» What variety of avocado would you recommend?
by dstack 11/14/2017, 9:12 pm

» Saffron?
by plantoid 11/14/2017, 3:32 pm

» Free Sunchoke Tubers
by BeetlesPerSqFt 11/13/2017, 6:36 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 : 42
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.
avatar
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.
avatar
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 : 42
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
avatar
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.
avatar
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


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