What to Prune
Photograph © Kerry Michaels
Yes, you read that right--I prune my tomatoes. I spent some time today trying to catch up with all the new growth that has appeared in the last few hot days.
I have read that by pruning your tomatoes your plants are healthier and more productive. You really have to stay on top of it, because tomatoes can grow ridiculously fast and get wild and wooly in just a few days.
However, on a cautionary note, only prune indeterminate tomato varieties which will continue to grow and produce tomatoes all season. Determinate tomatoes just produce one crop. Tomatoes labeled "patio," or "good for containers," are often determinate. Read your plant label to know which kind you are growing.