Tomato Plant Disease

Richard asks…

How do you properly prune a tomato plant?

I’ve read some but I don’t know what ‘suckers’ are and such. I would like to have a plant that produces as many average size tomatoes as possible. I am planting in a 6 gallon pot. Pictures or even videos would be a HUGE asset. Thanks!

Martin Boyle answers:

Plant Disease

The only reason to ‘prune’ a tomato is to keep the lower branches away from the soil -so as to avoid any plant disease that may reside there.

As far as suckers go, you want to pinch those back so the plants focus their energy on what YOU want – tomatoes.
The suckers are little tiny ‘mini branches’ that pop up at the ‘V’ where branches split – from each other or from the main trunk. You just pinch them as close to the V as you can. .

You may want to toss down some crushed eggshells (in the hole when planting is best), and watch out for bugs, little tiny aphids, and fat green hornworm(?) caterpillars. Keep them in the sun and don’t be afraid to fertilize.

Good luck.

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