pruning tomatoes when planting

April 27, 2016

In my recent tomato post, some of you noticed we pruned a lot off the tomato plant to look like a palm tree, then planted it deep. Why? The buried trunk will then turn into a larger, more established root system, thereby enabling the plant to be healthier. Trimming it this way also includes removing the tomato blossoms and any fruit that’s started to form. We want the plant to direct its energy toward developing a healthier root system now to allow for a greater abundance of fruit later vs. just a few measly fruit now. Hope this answers some of the questions some of you had regarding the way we plant our tomatoes.

4 comments on “pruning tomatoes when planting”

  • Nora says:

    I was one of the people asking. Thanks so much for a little more explanation. We already planted our tomatoes for this year, but will remember this for next year.

  • Megan says:

    Thanks for the tip. I also already planted my tomatoes this year, but will plan on trying this tip next year too. Did you plant anything besides tomatoes? I love your garden pictures and posts, especially your core-ten steel garden boxes (they’re beautiful). Can’t wait to see your garden grow this summer!

  • Ashton says:

    Thank you for sharing this information! I had finished most of my tomato planting for the year, but I had a chance to try this with a variety I planted yesterday (chocolate cherry tomatoes). I’m also growing Brandywines, White Wonders, and another heirloom cherry tomato mix. Please keep sharing the gardening tips/updates, your garden is so inspiring!

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