Have you ever pruned your tomato plants? Most of us haven’t. Usually we just plant them, water them, give them fertilizer, and simply wait around for those gorgeous tomatoes. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, really, but there is a better way. If you prune your tomato plants the right way, you can actually get more of that goodness. Let’s find out how.
1. Why Prune?
Pruning your tomatoes helps keep the plants a little more compact, so you can plant them closer together (about 18″ in double rows). When you prune, you help your plants maintain airflow, which helps prevent disease. You also encourage your plants to grow more fruit, earlier, since they can put energy into production, not maintaining leaves and suckers.