Pruning your tomatoes is an essential practice for home gardeners!
With tomatoes, we want to maximize the efficiency of photosynthesis and minimize the risk of
disease. This is best accomplished by ensuring that each leaf has plenty of room and is
supported up off the ground. When a tomato plant lies on the ground, or when its growth is
extremely dense, many of its leaves are forced into permanent shade, greatly reducing the
amount of sugar they produce.
A properly pruned and supported single-stem tomato plant presents all of its leaves to the
sun. Most of the sugar produced is directed to the developing fruit, since the only competition
is a single growing tip. The result is large fruits that are steadily produced until frost.
Use the link below to find an expert guide on keeping your plants healthy, strong, and productive!