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Pruning tomatoes grown vertically 

Pruning tomatoes grown vertically in a Mittleider garden

Pruning tomatoes in a Mittlieder garden is an absolute necessity.  Tomatoes are grown vertically with the plants just a mere nine inches apart.  If they aren’t pruned they can quickly become a tangled mess.  But with proper pruning and keeping them trained up the proper bailing twine you can have a LOT of tomatoes in just a little space.

 

pruning tomatoes to grow vertically in a Mittleider garden
pruning tomatoes to grow vertically in a Mittleider garden

I’ve made a YouTube video on pruning tomatoes in your Mittleider garden when you’re growing vertically.  You will find the video at the bottom of this blog entry.

Where to begin with pruning

First, anything touching the soil or hanging below your automated watering system, if you’ve got it, needs to be removed from the plant.  Leaves that touch the soil provide cover for insects and an easy access onto the plant.  Leaves that are kept moist by touching the soil are also prone to disease such as blight.

Prune any leaves below the fruit

As the tomato sets fruit you can prune any leaves that are below them.  Pruning those leaves which are below the fruit sets on your tomato helps to open up the area at the soil level for applying weekly feed.  Pruning the older growth also helps stimulate the plant to grow up and continue to set more fruit.

My favorite pruners for tomatoes

We have tried several different methods and tools for pruning tomatoes.  Hands down the best tool I’ve found for pruning properly is the Fiskars Softouch Micro-Tip Pruning Snip.  The short blades on this snip make pruning suckers easy and keep you from accidentally removing extra inadvertently.  The thin point on the end makes pruning suckers close to the stem very easy.

My go to tool for pruning Zucchini
Fiskars Softouch Micro-Tip Pruning Snip

 Watch how to prune tomatoes

For the visual learner I’ve made a video on how to prune tomatoes grown vertically in a Mittleider garden.  You get to see some pruning done shortly after transplanting and up through various stages of growth.

The first tomato for the year

Soph went out this morning and took this picture of our first tomato to begin turning red.  It is an heirloom variety, Mr Stripey, and is our first year growing it.   It should be ready for picking in a couple more days.  If we like it then we will save some seeds for next year.   

We have three different heirloom varaties that we are growing this year, two of them are new to us.  In addition to the Mr Stripey I’m once again growing the purple Cherokee that I enjoy.   Our other new variety is a yellow pear cherry.  I enjoy the bite size tomatoes but Soph is crazy about them.