Square Foot Gardening Forum
[table bgcolor=#000000 height=275][tr][td]
Question Toplef10Question 1zd3ho10

Hello Guest!
Welcome to the official Square Foot Gardening Forum.
There's lots to learn here by reading as a guest. However, if you become a member (it's free, ad free and spam-free) you'll have access to our large vermiculite databases, our seed exchange spreadsheets, Mel's Mix calculator, and many more members' pictures in the Gallery. Enjoy.

Question I22gcj10Question 14dhcg10

[/td][/tr][/table]

Join the forum, it's quick and easy

Square Foot Gardening Forum
[table bgcolor=#000000 height=275][tr][td]
Question Toplef10Question 1zd3ho10

Hello Guest!
Welcome to the official Square Foot Gardening Forum.
There's lots to learn here by reading as a guest. However, if you become a member (it's free, ad free and spam-free) you'll have access to our large vermiculite databases, our seed exchange spreadsheets, Mel's Mix calculator, and many more members' pictures in the Gallery. Enjoy.

Question I22gcj10Question 14dhcg10

[/td][/tr][/table]
Square Foot Gardening Forum
Would you like to react to this message? Create an account in a few clicks or log in to continue.
Search
 
 

Display results as :
 

 


Rechercher Advanced Search

Latest topics
» N&C Midwest—June 2024
by OhioGardener Today at 9:16 am

» What are you eating from your garden today?
by Scorpio Rising Today at 9:14 am

» Mark's first SFG
by markqz Yesterday at 11:52 pm

» Growing Tomatoes in 6" of soil?
by markqz Yesterday at 11:41 pm

» What Have You Picked From Your Garden Today
by OhioGardener Yesterday at 8:42 pm

» Frequency/amount to water
by OhioGardener Yesterday at 5:34 pm

» Epic Gardening "Master Class on Square Food Gardening"
by OhioGardener Yesterday at 2:46 pm

» Rhubarb Tom Collins
by DonP 6/19/2024, 2:10 pm

» Change email address
by sanderson 6/19/2024, 2:00 am

» Howdy from San Diego, CA
by sanderson 6/19/2024, 12:49 am

» Hi from Lapeer Michigan
by Scorpio Rising 6/18/2024, 10:54 pm

» Getting Started
by Turan 6/18/2024, 12:58 pm

» Turan's Garden Western Mountains and Plains
by Scorpio Rising 6/18/2024, 11:49 am

» Senseless Banter...
by OhioGardener 6/17/2024, 10:28 am

» Question about replenishing squares after harvest
by SMEDLEY BUTLER 6/17/2024, 12:14 am

» Cover Crops to Kill Nematodes
by dstack 6/16/2024, 2:30 pm

» My NWA garden
by Guinevere 6/13/2024, 11:13 am

» creating grids
by plantoid 6/13/2024, 6:42 am

» SFG jOURNEY-What's Hiding in your organic fertilizer
by has55 6/13/2024, 12:40 am

» Got zucchini? Toot your own horn!
by MrBooker 6/12/2024, 5:19 pm

» Ohio Gardener's Greenhouse
by has55 6/12/2024, 1:17 pm

» New SFGer from Perth Australia.
by sanderson 6/8/2024, 3:23 am

» National Gardening Week?
by Scorpio Rising 6/5/2024, 11:17 am

» Do raspberries have special needs?
by donnainzone5 6/4/2024, 5:12 pm

» What tiny monster is this?
by OhioGardener 6/3/2024, 1:19 pm

» Can I sew row cover material?
by sanderson 6/2/2024, 11:54 pm

» Garden Bells! Hoe! Hoe! Hoe!
by Scorpio Rising 6/1/2024, 2:21 pm

» vermiculite vs. perlite
by PVPind 5/31/2024, 3:33 pm

» Birds of the Garden
by SMEDLEY BUTLER 5/31/2024, 1:28 am

» DIY Tomato Trellis for Birdie's Tall Raised beds
by DuluthLori 5/30/2024, 3:12 pm

Google

Search SFG Forum

Question

+3
martha
Bec
Retired Member 1
7 posters

Go down

Question Empty Question

Post  Retired Member 1 5/6/2010, 10:59 am

Since this didn't get many hits and no responses, I'm trying again under a different title. I did an internet search, but found nothing about pruning multiple large suckers from tomatoes. Here's my original post:
The first tomatoes I put in were in walls o water and are now huge. I failed to properly prune the suckers at the base of the plants and some have 4 or 5 over a foot long, some already fruiting. I'm fast running out of space on the trellis. I've cut one large sucker off per plant, but am concerned about cutting too many large suckers from a plant for fear of shocking the plant. I know that is possible with trees--don't know about tomatoes. So, what advice can you give me?

I've thought of not pruning the fruiting ones, but perhaps top them above the cluster to keep them from growing any more. OR perhaps pruning just one sucker per plant, wait a week to 10 days and prune the other so as not to shock the plant. ARGGHHHH!!!! Why do I do this to myself.
avatar
Retired Member 1

Female Posts : 904
Join date : 2010-03-03
Location : USA

Back to top Go down

Question Empty Question

Post  Bec 5/6/2010, 11:21 am

I wish I could help you but I don't know the answer. Your plan sounds like a good one though. Just wanted you to know why I hadn't replied before. And I'll watch for responses so I can learn from your mistake before I make the same one.

Bec
avatar
Bec

Certified SFG Instructor

Female Posts : 247
Join date : 2010-03-23
Location : Western NC - Zone 6a (mountains)

Back to top Go down

Question Empty Re: Question

Post  martha 5/6/2010, 11:53 am

I know you said you did an internet search - so you might have already seen this article, but I had just yesterday bookmarked it because it is the best one I have found so far.

I hope this helps!



http://www.growing-tomato.com/Pruning_Tomatoes_A_Guide_to_Pruning_Tomato_Plants.html
martha
martha

Female Posts : 2188
Join date : 2010-03-03
Age : 67
Location : Acton, Massachusetts Zone 5b/6a

Back to top Go down

Question Empty Re: Question

Post  Retired Member 1 5/6/2010, 1:58 pm

martha wrote:I know you said you did an internet search - so you might have already seen this article, but I had just yesterday bookmarked it because it is the best one I have found so far.

I hope this helps!



[url=http://www.growing-tomato.com/Pruning_Tomatoes_A_Guide_to_Pruning_Tomato_Plants.html
http://www.growing-tomato.com/Pruning_Tomatoes_A_Guide_to_Pruning_Tomato_Plants.html[/quote[/url]]

It's not that I don't know how to prune tomatoes, but not sure whether to take off large suckers that have started fruiting. Don't want to hurt the plant. The above article is good, but I'm way past the "pinch the sucker" off stage -- more like clip it off with garden shears. But thanks for posting.
avatar
Retired Member 1

Female Posts : 904
Join date : 2010-03-03
Location : USA

Back to top Go down

Question Empty shock

Post  Chopper 5/6/2010, 2:36 pm

Why don't you try this: Do the whole needed bit of pruning on just one tomato. watch it for a week and see how it looks. Since no one has a definitive answer, it is time to go to the lab. Let us know what your observations are.

And, btw, I do not think pruning just above the fruit will harm the plant. But that is just gut.
avatar
Chopper

Female Posts : 2467
Join date : 2010-05-05
Age : 69
Location : Warner Springs, CA USDA Zone 8a, Sunset Zone 7 (I think)

http://thezimmermannfamilytoo.blogspot.com

Back to top Go down

Question Empty Re: Question

Post  miinva 5/6/2010, 2:44 pm

I'm no expert, but last year we whacked at least six suckers off a red grape tomato plant long after it was fruiting and the plant didn't seem to care in the least. Maybe you could take a couple off of one of them and see how it goes? I even rooted a couple of the cuttings Smile
avatar
miinva

Female Posts : 780
Join date : 2010-04-29
Age : 55
Location : Central Virginia, 7A as far as I can tell

http://www.ungardener.blogspot.com

Back to top Go down

Question Empty Re: Question

Post  Megan 5/6/2010, 7:11 pm

Yikes, now I am scared. That article specifically mentioned one of my tomato varieties as a candidate for pruning. Guess I will have to learn on the fly!
Megan
Megan

Female Posts : 3350
Join date : 2010-04-27
Age : 57
Location : Manassas, VA - Zone 7a

http://novasquarefootgardener.blogspot.com/

Back to top Go down

Question Empty Re: Question

Post  camprn 5/6/2010, 7:25 pm

I would probably look at the blossoms and think to my self,,, 'oooooooh early fruit' ... then snip the sucker and start thinking about upper plant support. I may even stick the sucker in the ground to see if it will root... The plant wants to make fruit and seed, and so it will... just my $0.02.
camprn
camprn

Forum Moderator Certified SFG Teacher

Female Posts : 14169
Join date : 2010-03-06
Age : 61
Location : Keene, NH, USA ~ Zone 5a

https://squarefoot.forumotion.com/t3574-the-end-of-july-7-week

Back to top Go down

Question Empty Re: Question

Post  martha 5/6/2010, 9:58 pm

sorry, Belfry bat, I didn't mean to miss the important details! Question Icon_redface Question Icon_redface Question Icon_redface Question Icon_redface

I like the combination of your idea and Shock's - prune above the fruit, and not on all the plants.
martha
martha

Female Posts : 2188
Join date : 2010-03-03
Age : 67
Location : Acton, Massachusetts Zone 5b/6a

Back to top Go down

Question Empty Re: Question

Post  Sponsored content


Sponsored content


Back to top Go down

Back to top

- Similar topics

 
Permissions in this forum:
You cannot reply to topics in this forum