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Super tomato yield - How to String Sucker Tomato Plants

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How to Prune Tomatoes for Earlier Harvests, Higher Yields & Healthier Plants

Simple pruning tips for indeterminate tomatoes.

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Greenhouse Tomato Pruning, Pollination, Stringing, Lowering & Leaning, And Suckering

Hey, friends, and fellow gardeners! In this video, I will show you how I prune, sucker, lower, lean, and pollenate my winter greenhouse tomatoes, and why I do it the way that I do! I hope you enjoy the video! Don't forget to comment, like, and subscribe! God Bless!

How to Prune or "Sucker" Tomato Plants

a review of the basic tomato plant pruning or suckering principles from our first YouTube video about tomatoes:

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How to grow tomatoes on a string - NO CAGE tomatoes

Why Grow tomatoes in a cage when you can grow them up a string! with out a cage! tomatoes plants free to roam as nature intended... well not really, but it is far easier and yields better results growing tomatoes up suspended by a string than caging them... and besides no one likes being caged.

I've had mixed results with growing tomatoes in cages, they confine the plant bruise the leaves and allow fungus and disease to spread VERY quickly between plants. i find this technique of growing them up a string to be the best for our growing conditions, choice of plants, and ease of care.

i cannot take credit for this method, i originally saw it at Longwood Gardens and had to try it out... so i built the pergola to do just that.

while the plants do well and the leaves and stems are well aerated, there are two drawbacks to this technique:
1. you need a structure from which to hang the strings. in my caser a length of 2 conduit
2. the plants are stimulated to grow taller having the strain og the string to encourage the growth.

by then end of the growing season the plants will have grown completely across the mesh to the other and hang down from the other pipe.

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Tomato Cages: How to Make Supports for Healthier Tomato Plants

Training and supporting your tomatoes correctly is essential to help you get the best possible harvest from your plants.

It's important to ensure that tomatoes get enough air circulation and that the fruits are well supported to prevent branch breakage and slug damage. Correct pruning and training gives your plants the airflow and support they need to keep them productive and healthy.

In this video we explain how to choose the best supports for both bush and cordon tomato plants and show how to make inexpensive homemade tomato cages.

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Tomatoes: Indeterminate, Determinate & Semi-Determinate

Discussing some differences between how you grow, sucker, and care for indeterminate, determinate, and semi-determinate tomato plants.

For more, check out our other videos:
How to String & Sucker Tomato Plants:
Doubling Your Yield with Two Main Stems:
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Suckering Tomatoes (a review of the basics):

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How I Trellis My Tomato Plants | Tomato Clips & Twine

OK y'all, I had a storm come thru last night and the wind layed my mater plants over. Lemme show ya how I trellis my mater plants!! Thanks for watching!!! Dan

Single Stem Tomato String Support and Outside Trellis Details

When you're growing tomatoes and pruning them to a single stem, you need a way to keep them growing vertically. The simplest way is to tie twine to a purlin or rafter in the top of your greenhouse, and secure the stems with trellis clips. I prefer to use baling twine, since it won't rot and is very strong. However, if you want to grow the 15-20 foot tall plants, you need to be able to drop the string down and move the top of the plant laterally. This can be accomplished by running a heavy wire or cable horizontally in the top of your greenhouse, and using a roller type string system. It works pretty good for tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, pole beans, and anything else that you want to grow vertically.
Also, I've had many requests to explain the trellis that I built for growing tomatoes last year. Essentially, it's a souped up clothesline, designed to support a good amount of weight. Since I like to rotate crops, I'm using it for pole beans this year, Fortex and Red Cranberry.

Tomatoes - Doubling Your Yield with Two Main Stems

We tried leaving two main stems on each of our tomato plants--and nearly doubled our yield!

For more, check out our other videos:
How to String & Sucker Tomato Plants:
Indeterminate, Determinate & Semi-Determinate:
Tomato Q&A:
Suckering Tomatoes (a review of the basics):

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Growing Tomatoes : How to String Up Tomato Plants

Tomato plants can be strung up to control their growth and to tidy up your garden. String up tomato plants with help from the owner of a garden supply business in this free video clip.

Expert: Ali Reynolds
Contact: Outstandinginthegarden.net
Bio: Ali Reynolds owns and operates a small organic nursery. She has a master gardener's certificate as well as a landscape and gardening certificate, and has gardened for more than 35 years.
Filmmaker: Mike Phillips

Series Description: Tomatoes, when cared for properly, can make a great addition to any home garden. Learn about growing tomatoes with help from the owner of a garden supply business in this free video series.

Tomato Growing Secrets: Training Tomatoes to Climb a String

How to prune and train tomatoes up a string from and award winning garden author Doug Green. There are several important things to understand about pruning tomatoes, the first is that they way a significant amount when fully loaded and the tomatoes are ripening.

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Secondly, when pruning them up a string it is important to remove the suckers and only allow a single stem to grow up each string. I used to grow tomatoes commercially and this system works perfectly for both training the tomato all season and cleaning it up quickly in the fall.

Beginners sometimes ask what you attached the tomato to the string with? The answer is nothing. If you bend the tomato around the string a complete revolution every 6 to 8 inches, you will find the tomato will stick quite nicely all by itself by friction. You can see this in the video.

So feeding and watering tomato are critical steps to success but so is the way you train and prune it. The nice thing about a tomato is it grows so quickly that if you do manage to take out the wrong bits from the wrong piece of the wrong direction, it will regrow and give you a second or third chance.

I prune and thin my tomatoes in this way because pruning to a single stem, will give me more tomatoes per square-foot than if I let them flop on the ground.

Pruning tomatoes is easy once you get the hang of it. You can see other videos at
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My Rutgers Tomato Tree

This is the Rutgers tomato that I planted last fall in my greenhouse. 9 feet tall and still going. So I'm gonna drop it down a bit, and give it room for more growth and production of some really nice tomatoes. This old girl just keeps growing and growing.

How to Support Tomatoes Vertically

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My Method Of Tying Up Tomato Plants In The Greenhouse

In this video I show you the way that I tie up my tomato plants in the greenhouse. This method is inexpensive and very effective!
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How to Root / Clone Tomato Suckers Using Growplugs

There are multiple ways to root or clone tomato suckers. For hydroponics, it needs to be done without soil. One of the easiest ways is with the use of growplugs. They hold a good amount of moisture, while still providing proper aeration. A couple of things to remember, keep them out of direct sunlight during the rooting process. And make sure you have some type of cover over them to maintain good humidity levels. Doing so will greatly increase your chances of success.

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Impressive Big Beef Tomatoes, Gardening, & Prepping

We had a decent chance of rain, so I thought it would be a good idea if I cleaned up the Big Beef tomato plants by removing the leaves that had some blight. During the process, I began to see more and more tomatoes. I'm not easily impressed these days, but what I saw when I finished the row was really quite impressive. Lots and lots of tomatoes, and very consistent in size.

This tomato has a great taste. It's even been called the best ever by many of the local folks who I have shared it with. And to get that response from 60,70,80+ yr old folks is quite a testament to the quality and taste of Big Beef. It truly is an impressive tomato.

When I made my first video 18 months ago, I talked about my reasons for doing what I do. Simply trying to grow as much food as possible to help the folks around here. I've learned a lot in 18 months, and I feel like I'm Prepared to Provide for a lot of folks. However, things have only gotten worse in this country. If you've been prepping, stocking up food, it would be a good idea to learn how to grow food to replace your stored items if you run out. If you're a skilled gardener, it would be a good idea to grow even more, to help others, and to also share your knowledge.

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Pruning, Tying and Cloning Tomatoes

VLOG95. Pruning, tying and cloning tomatoes. The clones are taken from suckers and tomatoes that we harmed by cut worms.
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How to Train Tomatoes to a Single Verticle Stake: Single-Stem Method

Single Stem Pruning. We are tying our tomatoes to garden stakes to help train them upright. We have limited space in this packed raised bed garden and are thus employing the single-stem approach. In this approach, we pull off all suckers and try to minimize the total horizontal space that is being consumed by the tomato plants.

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Tomatoes - Suckers and Pruning tips

Zone - 6b
My opinions and some facts about suckers ,how to identify a sucker, also how and why I prune the lower branches.
This only pertains to indeterminate tomatoes .as far as I know, you should never prune or pinch a determinate tomato as they produce all their tomatoes in one short (approx. 2 week) period.
pinching will not hurt a plant but the benefits will be determined by your growing zone, avg growing days, type of support system and what grandma always did.
I wish everyone good luck and a good harvest ,,by pinching ...or not pinching.
or in my case ..selective pinching

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