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How To Prune Tomato Plants

Watch more Vegetable Gardening videos: Subscribe to Howcast's YouTube Channel - Learn to prune tomato plants by following these steps. Howcast uploads the highest quality how-to videos daily! Be sure to check out our playlists for guides that interest you: Subscribe to Howcast's other YouTube Channels: Howcast Health Channel - Howcast Video Games Channel - Howcast Tech Channel - Howcast Food Channel - Howcast Arts & Recreation Channel - Howcast Sports & Fitness Channel - Howcast Personal Care & Style Channel - Howcast empowers people with engaging, useful how-to information wherever, whenever they need to know how. Emphasizing high-quality instructional videos, Howcast brings you experts who provide accurate information in easy-to-follow tutorials on everything from makeup, hairstyling, nail art design, and soccer to parkour, skateboarding, dancing, kissing, and much, much more. Step 1: Identify main stem Identify the main stem of the tomato plant in your garden, which can become more difficult with larger plants. Follow the stem up from the soil. Step 2: Identify the first leader Identify the first leader stem that comes out of your main stem. It will usually be the largest branch splitting from the top of the main stem. Tip If you have trouble finding the leader, look for the largest branch that is near the top of the plant. Step 3: Identify first flower cluster Find the first flower cluster by looking on the first leader or near the first leader. This flower cluster will become a focal point. Step 4: Know a sucker Know what a sucker is by finding the small side shoots that stick out from the crotch between the stem and a branch. These are what you'll be removing. Step 5: Identify the second leader Find the second leader branch by choosing the first sucker below the first flower cluster. These two branches will become your main growing points. Step 6: Pull off the suckers Pull off all the other suckers that are below the second leader. You can use your fingers to pinch and pull the suckers off. Tip If you don't want to use your fingers, use small pruning shears, but make sure they are sharp and precise. Step 7: Repeat Repeat the process until you've harvested all the fruit from the plant by the end of the season. It's important not to over prune because the plant needs the leaves to survive. Did You Know? There are thousands of tomato varieties, but they are categorized as cherry, plum, or slicing tomatoes.
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