When Should You Prune a Tomato Plant?


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Prune tomato plants early in the morning on a dry day. This helps the plant heal properly and reduces the chance of infection. Don't prune any plant that is less than 1 or 2 feet tall, or it may not recover from the shock.

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Once the plant is the appropriate size for pruning, it has branches coming out of the stem. Where the branches meet, there is an additional branch growing, called a tomato sucker. Use a clean, sharp pair of shears to cut off these sucker branches. After pruning, water the plants at soil level to prevent splashing on the plant wounds.

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