|Pruned tomato plant tied up to two stakes.|
To keep the bulky tomato vines sleek and tall I have been pinching off the suckers anywhere a new leaf is starting in between two existing branches. As they grow I am tying the plants up to a cedar stake or two using twine. I found my sticks in a discount grocery store of all places but you should be able to get them at any plant store or just use anything tall and sturdy. When you tie the branches up you have to do it like you mean it. You grab all the sprawling branches and tie them all together around the stake. Don't worry if your twine is on leaves or looks restrictive. The plant will look fresh and vibrant even around the tie the next day. I think I overdid the pruning on some of my tomato plants especially the cherry tomatoes where they don't get so out of control and bulky to begin with. I understand pruning tomatoes is an art and you can do it as little or as much as suites you. Other than a few puny plants so far I am satisfied with the progress my tomatoes are making.
tomato plant with homemade cage. There are more tomatoes hiding in
They are not quite as large as the tomatoes from the pruned plants.
|My "flower bed" tomato plants|
For an update on how the tomatoes are going check this out!