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    ANy green thumbs out there?

    Novice "gardener" here. Have a tomato plant in a planter on our patio (big boy tomato)
    The plant has absolutely exploded with foliage over the last 2 weeks. Have 4 good size tomatoes on it and over 20 blossoms.
    Are tomatoes something you prune back to get more fruit on them? It just doesn't seem like a ton of tomatoes for the amount of foliage on it.
    Any other tips?


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    Re: ANy green thumbs out there?

    You might want to stake it to support the weight and keep it off the ground as it grows. You could also use a wire cage.


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    Re: ANy green thumbs out there?

    Have had it in a cage the whole time. I don't think there's any way it would have stayed up without it.


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    Re: ANy green thumbs out there?

    Quote Originally Posted by wartknight View Post
    Novice "gardener" here. Have a tomato plant in a planter on our patio (big boy tomato)
    The plant has absolutely exploded with foliage over the last 2 weeks. Have 4 good size tomatoes on it and over 20 blossoms.
    Are tomatoes something you prune back to get more fruit on them? It just doesn't seem like a ton of tomatoes for the amount of foliage on it.
    Any other tips?
    yes, especially in your situation, with it being in a container.

    nip off the apical buds so the plant will stop growing up - instead it will get fuller and support tomato growth instead of vegetative growth.

    and yes, you'll want to use a stake or a cage of some kind if you already haven't.

    also, you'll want to water it daily or frequently during summer - the container will dry out fast.


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    Re: ANy green thumbs out there?

    Quote Originally Posted by CyPride View Post
    yes, especially in your situation, with it being in a container.

    nip off the apical buds so the plant will stop growing up - instead it will get fuller and support tomato growth instead of vegetative growth.

    and yes, you'll want to use a stake or a cage of some kind if you already haven't.

    also, you'll want to water it daily or frequently during summer - the container will dry out fast.
    "apical buds" meaning the little yellow flowers on it?


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    Re: ANy green thumbs out there?

    Quote Originally Posted by wartknight View Post
    "apical buds" meaning the little yellow flowers on it?

    No- the little yellow flowers are what will soon become tomatoes.

    Prune the "branches" strategically to try to keep it uniform and growing updward.

    Pruning Tomatoes - Fine Gardening Article

    Pruning is not REQUIRED, it does help reduce some of the foliage and makes the plant easier to manage.


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    Re: ANy green thumbs out there?

    That's what I thought. Wanted to make sure


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    Re: ANy green thumbs out there?

    Quote Originally Posted by CykoAGR View Post
    No- the little yellow flowers are what will soon become tomatoes.

    Prune the "branches" strategically to try to keep it uniform and growing updward.

    Pruning Tomatoes - Fine Gardening Article

    Pruning is not REQUIRED, it does help reduce some of the foliage and makes the plant easier to manage.
    So this is like "tomatoscaping?"



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    Re: ANy green thumbs out there?

    Quote Originally Posted by wartknight View Post
    "apical buds" meaning the little yellow flowers on it?
    meaning the tip where the plant is growing upward or outward.

    pinch those tips off to where you want the growth to stop, and the plant will branch, instead of expand.

    you could also pinch the flowers off if you think the number of tomatoes on your plant is enough - the plant will then put energy into making the tomatoes already on the plant and not in to more tomatoes. so you'll get bigger tomatoes.

    can't emphasize enough to keep it watered, and a 10/10/10 fertilizer wouldn't hurt given it's in a pot.


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