Yaron
Yaron
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  • Atlanta, GA
Asked on Apr 29, 2013

Tomato question

360 Sod (Donna Dixson)YaronDouglas Hunt
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I planted my tomatoes with net & stick support so that the plant would grow straight up and to the sides. But some of the branches are growing outside of the support. Should I trim them or just let them grow?
5 answers
  • Marcy
    on Apr 30, 2013

    When this happened to our tomato plants, I would take the branches and sort of weave them by hand through the branches within the support. Some of the branches never ended up staying within the support but still grew beautiful tomatoes with the branches on the ground. I'm not sure if this is the best thing to do (weaving it through) but it worked for us and the tomatoes grew beautifully.

  • Douglas Hunt
    on Apr 30, 2013

    If the branches are long you'll need to find a way to support them or they may snap from the weight of the tomatoes growing on them.

  • 360 Sod (Donna Dixson)
    on Apr 30, 2013

    If you can't find a way to support them, you can carefully take them off without damaging the trunk of the tomato plant. The tomatoes left will usually have the ability to grow larger (with the exception of the mini toms) because there is less competition for nutrients.

  • Yaron
    on Apr 30, 2013

    Thanks! @360 Sod (Donna Dixson) , is there any special way to take them off or just cut them with gardening scissors as close to the trunk as possible? I also wanted to know if I am tying them correctly. I attached a photo.

  • 360 Sod (Donna Dixson)
    on Apr 30, 2013

    @Yaron Yes, that would be fine. If you are talking about the stalk that is inbetween the trunk and the leaf branch, some people take those off anyway when the plant is younger.

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