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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.

The tomatoes featured in this video are Sweet Millions:

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How to grow tomato plants 10 feet tall by pruning and trellising. The Yale Sustainable Food Project has an easy method for growing great tomatoes. See how they do it as we visit the Yale Farm and see the very simple way they get higher quality fruit from each tomato plant.

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Pruning Indeterminate Tomatoes in Containers and Identifying Tomato 'Suckers'

Tomato 'suckers' will actually turn into stems that produce tomatoes. If you don't prune the 'suckers' from your indeterminate plants you will end up with dozens of stems that produce tomatoes. It is a problem. You will end up with too much growth that is difficult to manage. That can lead to diseases, more but smaller tomatoes and you end up with a plant that won't survive in a container. You have to prune indeterminate container tomatoes to one main productive stem. If you are adventurous and can manage the plants water... you can get away with to main production stems.

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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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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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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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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.

Pruning and Staking Tomatoes - Perfect Techniques

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Pruning Tomato Suckers - How To Prune Tomato Plants For Big Harvests

In today's quick video we will look at how to prune tomato plants for the best possible yields. Indeterminate tomato plants can get become very large and spiral out of control. Pruning not only helps you control the size of the plant but also channelizes the energy of the plant into developing more fruit than leaves and stems. A tomato plant has a main stem and also a lot of offshoots called as suckers. These suckers or side shoots can be easily removed by pinching them off as you see here. You can also use pruners for this purpose. This is an indeterminate tomato variety that is being pruned.

You can leave one or two main stems of the plant. I have seen no difference in tomato production be leaving either one or two main stems. You can keep one main stem if you wish to

Pruning is generally done for indeterminate tomatoes but I sometimes prune determinate tomatoes as well if I am growing them in containers - it makes the plant more manageable

Here you can see a determinate tomato variety being pruned and how we are leaving two main stems

If you liked this video, do check out these other videos on the best tomato growing tips and a guide to using different tomato cages

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.

Sleestaks rooting video..

Good article explaining suckers...

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Extreme Tomato Pruning - Something Had to be Done

I was having a serious problem with Leaf Mold on my tomatoes. The foliage was just too thick for me to get good coverage by spraying a fungicide. I remembered reading an article about people who pruned their tomato plants back to just 2-3 leaves. Supposedly their plants did fine. The Leaf Mold was spreading from the bottom leaves upward. I decided to go above all of the affected leaves to where there was no mold and begin pruning. I removed all of the leaves from that point to the bottom.

Here is a link to more info about Leaf Mold..

When I finished, the plants looked naked. I didn't know what to make of the situation, but I felt like something had to be done. I wasn't going to sit back and let Leaf Mold continue to take over. After about 2 1/2 weeks, the plants have responded very well. The growth tips have really bushed out and the tomatoes are rapidly increasing in size. I wouldn't necessarily recommend this type of extreme pruning, but sometimes you do what you gotta do. :)

Tomato Cages, Trellis, Stakes Reviewed - Best supports for your tomato plants

We show you the options to support your tomato plants using trellis, cages and stakes. We will review some commonly available tomato trellis which you can easily buy from your local garden store and will do a great job of supporting your tomato plants

These cages do not require time and efforts to create your own but will be easily available at your local garden store.
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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.

Rooting Tomato Suckers / Clones : A Clever Method

This is a cool way to guarantee the success of a tomato clone or sucker. Its very simple to do, almost fool proof. Even I could do it ! I got the idea from an old thread over on T'ville.
That's why I read and watch videos. There's so much to learn.

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:

For more, check out our other YouTube videos about tomatoes:
Indeterminate, Determinate & Semi-Determinate:
Doubling Your Yield with Two Main Stems:
Tomato Q&A:

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Tomato Plants: Staking, Removing Suckers, Single Stem Pruning and Cloning/Rooting - TRG 2016

In one quick video I quickly show you how to remove suckers from a tomato plant. How to use the suckers as clones and root them. How to manage a tomato plant as a single stem and talk a little bit about double stems. if you don't remove the suckers, they become full production stems with flowers and your plant can eventually become dense with leaves, stems and growth. It can become more susceptible to diseases. How much your prune is up to you.

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How to Support Tomatoes Vertically

Toss out your tomato cages and let Dave teach you how to effectively grow your tomato plants up wire.

Tomato Q&A

We answer your most frequently asked questions about growing and pruning tomatoes, including...
Will my tomato stems break under the weight of the tomatoes if I sucker heavily?
Will I ruin my plant if I accidentally sucker the wrong spot or wrong type?
Should I top my tomato plants?
Why are my leaves curled and shriveled looking?
Why aren't my tomatoes setting fruit very well?

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

©Copyright 2012 Front Porch Farm, All Rights Reserved.

How to Stake and Prune a Tomato Plant

Using a tall stake to support a tomato plant is a quick, simple and inexpensive option when you are short on space and want something that is a snap to install. In this video, I share three easy, cheap and/or free options for stakes and plant ties, and show you exactly how to stake and prune a tomato plant in your garden.

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Staking, Caging and Mulching Large Container Tomatoes - The Rusted Garden 2013

I show you my two methods of staking and caging large container tomatoes. It is also a good idea to mulch your tomato plants 2-4 inches so your containers better hold moisture. Nothing fancy just a few staking methods you might want to use. It is important to provide strong supports because the tomato plants will get large and heavy.

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