One of the best ways to cure a tomato lover’s taste buds is to grow their own tomatoes. Therefore, starting a garden in the backyard can be a rewarding experience for those who cannot resist them. Salads with tomatoes, tomato sandwiches with cheese and a sprinkle of garlic, pastas with fresh tomatoes are delicious cuisines when the person loves eating tomatoes with almost everything.
Although learning how to grow your own tomato plant may seem difficult to take on, it can be accomplished with the proper instructions and one of the most important steps is by pruning tomato plants the right way. Fortunately, there is a vast amount of information online that can help the person through this process as well as other tips available on SanoGardening. As with any new assignment or project, one of the first things the person should do before getting started is to develop a plan. After the plan is complete, modifications can be made to the plan. Listed below are seven tips that can be used to ensure that your tomato plants are pruned the right way.
Tip 1: Plan Approach to Pruning
After the seeds have been planted in the ground, this is not the only step that will need to be done. This is one of the main reasons why a pruning plan is required. The pruning process involves cutting off parts of a plant, and cutting these plants haphazardly without the proper plan can cause damage to its growth. Which means, before starting any type of maintenance, the person should take out their plan.
Tip 2: Purchase Pruning Equipment
Purchasing the right pruning tools is essential to these processes. If the person chooses the right ones, they may need only a few to get started. Select sharp edge pruning tools that are easy to handle. There are two common styles of hand shears on the market and they include anvil cut and the scissor action. Each of these scissors are used for specific purposes, since the size and shape of the blades are different. Local stores can assist with making the right selection. After making a purchase, the tools should be stored in a dry room in order to keep them in good operating condition.
Tip 3: Make Pruning Cuts Correctly
Making pruning cuts correctly is an important part of pruning tomato plants the right way. So, the cuts that are made must be clean and smooth in order to promote rapid healing of the wounds. Specifics on pruning techniques can be researched online. You should learn about how plants grow and how cuts should be made before making these cuts. For example, when the cut is done correctly, water damage in the limb is avoided.
Tip 4: Remove all suckers and leaves
The suckers and the leaves should be removed from below the first flower cluster. This is important because the tomato plant must have one single stem if most of the nutrients will be sent to the fruit instead of being wasted in other areas.
Tip 5: Monitor the growth of the tomato plant
When monitoring the growth of the plant, you should allow at least four to five bearing trusses to grow out from the stem of the plant. All additional side shoots should be pinched out and the plant should be left intact. This part of pruning is known as the terminal shoot.
Tip 6: Remove wilted leaves
When the plant is starting to mature, the lower leaves will start to wilt (their colors will change from green to yellow). Although this process is normal, they should be pulled off of the plant as soon as possible. By pulling wilted leaves off, it helps to ward off any diseases.
Tip 7: Top the plant
To obtain the best results out of the last season of growth, “top” the plant. This technique will help to direct all of the nutrients to the fruit. Videos can be found online and they can provide tutorials on how this step is done.
Although some of these tips may seem tedious and sometimes lengthy, the individual must keep their mind on the goal. For the tomato lover, the ultimate goal is having a fresh homegrown tomato to make a salad with tomatoes or multiple tomatoes and cheese with a sprinkle of garlic sandwiches and pruning your tomato plants the right way helps grow these healthy tomatoes.