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How To Prune Tomato Plants

Advantages of Pruning Tomato Plants

  • Pinching off the “suckers” from a tomato plant will help the plant to concentrate its energy on the growing fruit instead of the leaves, creating better, healthier fruit. This is a process simply called “Pinching off”. Pinching off is done by pinching off the small branches that form in the “Y” between the main stem and a branch.
  • Pruning any branching off at the bottom of the tomato plant that is touching the ground helps to ward off insects and especially disease, such as blights and wilts. Just clip the one or two branches, with garden shears or scissors, that are touching the soil right near the stem. Be careful not to snip into the stem when performing this task!
  • Pruning the tomato plant also creates a neater, less cluttered looking tomato plant.

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