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Get your vegetable patch started with these gardening tutorials.
You Will Need
- Tomato Plant
- Small pruning shears (optional)
Identify main stem
Identify the main stem of the tomato plant in your garden, which can become more difficult with larger plants. Follow the stem up from the soil.
Identify the first leader
Identify the first leader stem that comes out of your main stem. It will usually be the largest branch splitting from the top of the main stem.
Identify first flower cluster
Find the first flower cluster by looking on the first leader or near the first leader. This flower cluster will become a focal point.
Know a sucker
Know what a sucker is by finding the small side shoots that stick out from the crotch between the stem and a branch. These are what you'll be removing.
Identify the second leader
Find the second leader branch by choosing the first sucker below the first flower cluster. These two branches will become your main growing points.
Pull off the suckers
Pull off all the other suckers that are below the second leader. You can use your fingers to pinch and pull the suckers off.
Repeat the process until you've harvested all the fruit from the plant by the end of the season. It's important not to over prune because the plant needs the leaves to survive.