How to Prune Potted Tomato Plants


Tomato plants can be planted in the ground or in a planter pot, which is an ideal solution for regions with short growing seasons because you can move the plants inside. Pruning is an important part of caring for such plants in order to keep them healthy and properly sized. It also encourages new tomato growth.

Step 1

Cut dead, diseased and yellowing branches or foliage using pruning scissors or shears. Cut where the foliage meets the branch or cut the branch where it meets a larger branch.

Step 2

Sanitize the pruning scissors or shears with a rag dipped in rubbing alcohol to prevent the spread of disease to other parts of the plants.

Step 3

Pinch branch tips during the growing season to stunt expansive growth and promote blossoming and bushy growth. Do not pinch off more than the last set of two leaves.

Step 4

Prune branches that are not flowering to reduce the chance of branches overcrowding each other.

Step 5

Cut suckers or leaves right before the first flower set on each tomato branch.

Things You'll Need

  • Gardening gloves
  • Pruning scissors
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Old rag or cloth
  • Trellis or stake


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