How to prune your tomato plant into a fruit laden vine
Left to its own devices, a vigorous indeterminate tomato plant can easily cover a 4- by 4-foot area with as many as 10 stems, each 3 to 5 feet long. By season’s end, it will be an unsightly, impenetrable, disease-wracked tangle. – Fine Home Gardening
Yup, that sounds about right! We had four “tomato trees” last years that produced tomatoes in a tangled thicket of leaves and branches that looked awful. I ran into this article early enough this year to apply the technique to our plants – and it worked! We now have 6 foot tall single vine tomato plants. They are basically dripping with fruit which will hopefully ripen soon.
Check out this video below it explains how to prune your plant while it’s growing to make a single strong vine, with alternating leaves and fruit. It also tell you how to properly support it (because tomato cages don’t work all that well). You can even apply this to your tomatoes now to prevent them from getting wild and out of control.
BAD VIDEO WARNING: I HAD MAJOR TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES EMBEDDING THIS VIDEO BECAUSE IT USES FLASH, AND WORDPRESS HATES FLASH SO I TAPED IT AND UPLOADED IT TO YOUTUBE The source for the video is here.
Basically, lack of pruning = more leaves. The more energy the plant puts into making leaves it doesn’t need, the less energy it puts into making the tastey fruit you are waiting for.
Oh yeah, it is true, tomatoes are a fruit, not a vegetable. I thought I would throw it out there in case you have been living under a rock.
Last years tomato plants:
This years tomato plants: