The intrinsic vigor and hardiness of tomatoes almost always guarantees a successful harvest. However, the rapid growth of a healthy tomato plant can also lead to problems.
A properly pruned and supported single-stem tomato plant presents all of its leaves to the sun. Most of the sugar produced is directed to the developing fruit, since the only competition is a single growing tip. The result is large fruits that are steadily produced until frost.
Pruning tomato plants is an optional technique that some gardeners use to keep plants tidy, manipulate fruit size, and even speed ripening.
Here are six great reasons to prune your tomato plants:
- To grow more flavorful tomatoes.
- To grow larger tomatoes.
- To grow more tomatoes over the length of a season.
- To keep plant leaves and fruits off the ground and away from pests, insect damage, and fungal disease.
- To keep plants smaller and more compact.
- To allow tomatoes on the plant at the end of the season to ripen before the first frost.
On the next page discover the best way to prune tomato plants for a big harvest and a video that shares 3 easy and important pruning steps.