How to Prune Upside-Down Tomatoes

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Pruning an upside-down tomato plant will encourage the main stems to grow much thicker and sturdier, preventing them from breaking off as they hang. Meticulously maintain hanging tomatoes for a stronger plant with instructions from a sustainable gardener... View Video Transcript

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Yolanda Vanveen

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Hi, this is Yolanda Vanveen, and in this segment, we're going to talk about how to prune upside down tomato plants. So the rage in tomato plants is to plant them upside down. You just have a container that has a hole on the bottom. You put the tomato seeds right into that hole, and then the tomatoes will grow out of it and they'll do wonderfully. But you should still prune them so that the stems are strong -- it can support the tomatoes -- because you can't really put a cage on them when they're hanging upside down. They kind of just hang there. And if you leave them as they are and you don't prune them, sometimes they'll break real easy. So good rule of thumb when you're pruning them is just to cut one-third of the side branches out and one-third down on some of the lanky stems, and you'll find by doing that, they'll grow much thicker -- the remaining stems will grow thicker. And then the remaining plants that you trimmed back, where there...as long as they've got flowers on them, they're going to produce tomatoes. Instead of using the energy to make even longer stems, they'll use their energy to develop tomatoes -- a lot bigger, larger, beautiful tomatoes. And so even if it's upright tomato or a hanging upside down tomato, the rule of thumb, cut out one-third of the branches. Every third, maybe stagger them, and then that way, the remaining branches will be a lot stronger and they can support the upside down tomatoes.