DrupalWomenQ-#7000

Hi, it is getting time to plant my tomato plants (my husband tortures me by cutting off all the branches except two or three). Is there a solution that I can get him to understand so that my plants do not get de-branched this year? I may have more than two tomatoes.

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  1. Greenwoman wrote on :

    Why not suggest a “contest” with your husband to see who can produce the most tomatoes this summer. Give him a couple of tomato plants to hack as he pleases, and yours will be the ones that don’t get pruned. Compare notes at the end of the growing season to see which method worked best. I am betting on you. Pam

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    • Sharon Bennetti wrote on :

      Great suggestion, which I have tried in the past. I come home from work and find a plant with three branches and a main stem. He is obsessed with pruning and unfortuatley mistakes main branches for suckers…luckily though by September we usually get two tomatoes per plant, which I guess is better than nothing. I think a container garden I can manage at a friend’s house may work, out of sight out of pruning shares way, lol. Thanks Pam, great suggestion.

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    • Greenwoman wrote on :

      Since you are married to Edward Scissorhands, why not encourage him to join the Bonsia Society? That way he can prune and trim plants in a very artistic way to his heart’s delight . Good luck, Soil Sister! Pam

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    • Sharon Bennetti wrote on :

      Excellent suggestion…BRAVO

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    • Greenwoman wrote on :

      Another early morning gardener! Please forgive my misspelling of Bonsai at 6 a.m. Have a great weekend. Pam

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  2. Helene Wollin wrote on :

    There are two different sorts of tomatoes: determinate and indeterminate. Indeterminate are the sorts that grow all sorts of arms, need huge support systems (I find those standard cages are just useless) and the standard growing technique is to ‘desucker’ them to a couple of central branches. With determinate ones, you get a concentrated plant which grows to a certain size, sets flowers and fruit and that is it. You can, for example, grow determinate tomato varieties in five gallon buckets really easily. So, if you are getting indeterminate tomatoes, your husband is actually using a tried and true technique which actually helps in terms of curbing diseases like late blight and so on. The one thing you don’t want to do is wait until there are flowers on the plants – do all the desuckering for the first couple of weeks after you put the plants into the ground and then stop – you won’t want to be losing any flowers.

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