How to Remove Leaves From a Tomato Plant


Grow fresh tomatoes in your backyard for a tasty addition to salads, pastas and other recipes. Tomatoes are relatively low maintenance, but occasional trimming may be needed to remove dead or wilted foliage or leaves that are heavily infested with bugs. The former is strictly to maintain your tomato plant's appearance, but doing the latter can help keep your tomato shrub or vine healthy and bug-free.

Step 1

Identify the leaves that you want to remove. These may be wilted, dead or yellow leaves, or leaves that have been heavily infested with a tomato pest, such as white flies.

Step 2

Snip off the identified leaves with a pair of pruning shears. Alternatively, you can use your thumb and forefinger to pinch off the leaves.

Step 3

Treat the rest of the tomato plant with an insecticidal spray if you removed leaves because of a pest infestation. This prevents the pests from migrating to new parts of the tomato plant after you've removed the afflicted foliage. Use a standard insecticidal soap, available from most garden stores and nurseries.

Things You'll Need

  • Pruning shears
  • Insecticidal soap


  • "American Tomato: The Complete Guide to Growing and Using Tomatoes"; Robert Hendrickson; 2006.
  • "Burpee Garden Cyclopedia: A Concise, Up-to-date Reference For Gardeners At All Levels"; Maureen Heffernan, et al.; 2002.
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