If there are any flowers on the plant remove them. Suckers under two inches long can simply be pinched off with your fingers but with larger suckers use a pair of clean pruners disinfecting them as you move from plant to plant to protect against spreading diseases.
To prune you simply remove these suckers.
How to prune a tomato plant. As the plant continues to grow and fill out you can continue to prune up to get to the full height of open space. Left alone to grow as they please tomato plants grow into a tangled mess of stems shoots roots and leaves. Method 2 using proper pruning techniques.
The best time for pruning your tomato is when you are ready to plant it according to vicky popat cfo and tropical plant expert at plantogram if you don t have pruning shears handy she says. Pruning a tomato plant is often easy to do without even tools to aid. Start by removing any lower leaves before planting so that you can bury the plant deep into the soil.
To understand how best to prune your plant it s a good idea to understand these basic points about the structure of a tomato plant. At this point the plants should be between 12 and 18 inches. For the little shoots pinching off the sucker is enough to do the job.
Pruning tomato plants and pinching off sucker stems are two of the best ways to improve a tomato plant s health vitality and production. How to prune tomatoes at planting. Prune tomato plants gradually do this gradually as the plant grows through the season.
It is a good idea to start pruning your tomato plants early as soon as there are flowers on the plants. For larger shoots the mini branch can be snapped off by placing the index finger and thumb around the sucker shoot and bending to the side until it snaps. Leaving them on will take the energy away from the leaves slowing fruit production and growth.
Start by removing the first few branches early on. This will also result in a tomato plant that quickly outgrows its space in the garden.