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Which stem to prune... or not?

Post  kristi.grabowski on 6/9/2011, 9:38 pm

I am a newbie gardener and could use some help, please. I planted two tomato plants, one is a cherry tomato plant and the other is a better boy. Each of them has two stems at the base and I am unsure which one to prune, if any.

Here is the cherry tomato plant...






And here is the better boy...







Any guidance would be appreciated! Thank you!
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Re: Which stem to prune... or not?

Post  petals1973 on 6/9/2011, 11:15 pm

Are they determinate or indeterminate tomatoes?

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Re: Which stem to prune... or not?

Post  kristi.grabowski on 6/9/2011, 11:29 pm

Indeterminate... according to the tag.

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Re: Which stem to prune... or not?

Post  shannon1 on 6/10/2011, 12:09 am

First I would any leaves touching the ground. If you want you can keep 2 leaders or just prune off the one that is weaker. After that prune the suckers. They grow between the leading stems and the leaves. Hope this helps. You can use the search box on the left side of this page under "Latest Topics" column and enter tomato pruning to find all kinds of info as well. Hope this helps.

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Re: Which stem to prune... or not?

Post  petals1973 on 6/10/2011, 12:11 am

Rats! I was hoping you would say determinate then I could have just said that determinate plants need no pruning. LOL. Anyway. I picked the strongest looking stem and then cut the other one off. I felt bad for it so I stuck it in a pot of soil and then just rooted it. I now have 16 extra tomatoes growing in the back. I've seen some growers that grow 2 main stems off of one tomato plant.

On your cherry tomato I would cut off the one your index finger is touching in the picture. I would also trim the bottom leaves off. I don't know about the other one. They both look good. I think you could cut off either one and the plant would do just fine.

Now just remember that this is my first year growing so I only have a few months of experience. Hopefully the more experienced growers will chime in soon.

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Re: Which stem to prune... or not?

Post  kristi.grabowski on 6/10/2011, 10:25 am

Thank you both for your quick responses! It is so nice to have the support of others! I've been told that I'm kind of 'anal' about things, but I prefer the word 'precise'. LOL That's why I figured SFG would be a good fit for me. However, sometimes I get too focused in (obsessed) and forget the big picture. Thanks for helping me keep things in perspective!

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Re: Which stem to prune... or not?

Post  Furbalsmom on 6/10/2011, 1:14 pm

Kristi

Nice to have you join us. I think the prior posters have given you great advice. Don't forget to try to root the stem you cut off, free tomato plants that will be almost as mature as the remaining plants.

Again, Welcome and keep us posted on your progress.

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