Pruning Indeterminate Tomatoes in Containers and Identifying Tomato ‘Suckers’

Pruning Indeterminate Tomatoes in Containers and Identifying Tomato 'Suckers'

Tomato ‘suckers’ will actually turn into stems that produce tomatoes. If you don’t prune the ‘suckers’ from your indeterminate plants you will end up with do…
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Question by old brit in usa: hanging tomato plants?
i want to do grow some tomatoes from hanging baskets next year but 20bucks for a hanger is pricey – has anyone made a basket and had luck? if so how did you do it? did you start the seeds on your own or just by a plant and bury it?

thanks for the help

Best answer:

Answer by Baal-dephos
I like low budget planting!
Use an old hanging basket, put some soil in it, plant several seedlings in it. Hang it up. As the plants mature, stake them to the sides of the basket gently. Remember, tomato plants are easily broken, so they shouldn’t be in wind, or accessible to cats! I would suggest “cherry” tomatoes. I have never seen “Beefsteak” hanging tomato plants!

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  1. good vid

  2. Pretty clear good vid! thanks!
    subbed liked =)

  3. Do you hate praxxus55712? Because everything he says,you say the opposite.

  4. Thats a great bit of information…thanx

  5. Why dont u leave the Tomato plant to grow how it wants, im sure it know
    how.. Im sure Tomatoes dont come in ure personal space and tell u how to

  6. I’m leaving the suckers bcos they are also producing flowers and eventually
    fruits. However I am cutting the leaf stems that are non fruit bearing ie
    thinning the plant out – are either of these methods the wrong thing to do?

  7. It seems that nearly everyone has their own spin on pruning (indeterminate)
    plants. That said, there’s at least one fairly common method I’ve run
    across; one that calls for the removal of most if not all suckers and
    branches below the first flower cluster. That makes sense to me for several
    reasons IF that first cluster isn’t too far up the main stem. Turns out a
    Better Boy I’m growing in a large container will be the testing-ground for
    this particular style of pruning with no more than 3 or 4 stems in total.
    I’d prefer larger but fewer tomatoes as opposed to smaller and many…
    this might do the trick. Thanks for the video!

  8. You also prune all the bottom branches guys you don’t want rain bouncing
    off the floor onto the plants as it causes diseases 

  9. Wow! You give such clear advice and great visuals! Thank you so much! I
    just subscribed and bookmarked your blog. I’m so excited to have found a
    gardener that I can follow for advice and tips. Thank you for all your work
    and sharing this with us!!!

  10. Thanks for the video. My plants have became unruly and some of the suckers
    are now so big that they look like the main stem! Time for a prune.

  11. Hi Gary,
    What is the purpose bend the stem? Is there for increase the number of root?
    Thank you

  12. The best tomato plant video

  13. Hi Gary, I read elsewhere on the internet that when your tomato plant
    starts to produce flowers you should cut off all the branches below the
    flowers. What’s your take on this?

  14. I thought the dots looked odd. Should have known. That is dwarf determinate
    cherry tomato. Most likely a hybrid so seeds collected from it won’t be
    true to form. I would look up dwarf cherry hybrid tomatoes. Now in saying
    that it could be a stable variety where the seeds are true to form but I
    cant really tell. SORRY.

  15. Hi Gary, thanks again for the info! While waiting for my seedlings to grow,
    I bought a plant from a store. But i’m not sure whether it is a determinate
    or an indeterminate. Its still small (<4 ft) and has 2 (now a 3th and 4th
    are developing) branches with flowers. The 1st branch appeared about 2-3
    weeks ago and is growing some small tomatoes at the moment. The 2nd branch
    started flowering approx 1 week ago and the first tiny tomato is appearing.
    Does this sound like a indet or det variety?

  16. Thanks Gary. I am just getting started and already learned so much from
    your videos:-)

  17. Hmmm. Any chance of posting a picture? By a long planter do you mean like a
    long flower box by chance? If the depth of the container isn’t deep enough
    that can effect the tomato too. Not so much with white leaves but yellowing
    and die back.

  18. I remove them. Typically I end up with a 12-18 inch gap on the bottom. Just
    prune it slowly as not to remove too much too fast. Removing yellow bottom
    leaves is fine. You not doing anything wrong. You just want to make sure
    there is a lot of top growth and leaves to support the plant as you remove
    the lower leaves. Its not an exact science. Slow and steady.

  19. thankyou :)

  20. I would leave the Roma. It is bred for the windbox? Did I get that right.
    It will be more plant but if you stay on the water and fertilizing, I think
    the determinants do well not pruned. If you have a variety of determinate
    that get like 4 feet or taller some light pruning probably is a good
    idea… but light.

  21. Yes right from the wedge joint. It starts as 1 stem. A sucker will branch
    and make 2. The main stem can produce another sucker and the sucker (2nd
    branch) can also make a sucker. Before you know it you have dozens of
    growth stems/stems with growing tips. They will produce tomatoes. That is
    goal of pruning. You decide the optimal amount of stems you want. If you
    only keep 1 stem, they cant form on any part of the leaf but in that joint.
    Often they keep regrowing in the joint.

  22. Really nice and clear explanation! Really helpful !

  23. I just hope no mutant zombies come out :)

  24. Hybids are cross pollinated and produce seed. That 1 year of seed holds the
    characteristics from the cross pollination. The 2nd year seeds like you
    just grew aren’t true to the form of the current tomato. The will default
    so to speak back to the original plants that were used for cross
    pollination. Last year the seed company cross pollinated and gave you seeds
    that produced the tomato in that video. The seeds you collected this year
    when planted may revert back to original plants.

  25. Good luck. Thanks for taking the time to write.

  26. I’ve thought about trying hanging tomatoes. I’ve moved back to the homestead so I’m not limited to a urban backyard so I don’t need to worry about that anymore.
    I grew around 15 tomato plants every year in the city and they did fine with just dirt humped over the roots of store bought plants.
    I saw those hanging tomato plants commercials on tv and like you 20 bucks is a little rich for my blood.
    I thought of trying it this way.
    Buy some standard hanging baskets and a matching number tomatoes plants. I also use manure or compost to grow in so grab a few bags.
    The best way would probably be to make a nice size whole in the center bottom of the hanging basket (With a drill if necessary), around the size of your thumb, what 1/2 inch? Just enough for a stem of an adult sized plant. If you have a friend to help, place the plant upside down through the hole (making sure not to damage plant). Have them hold it steady and place dirt in the hanging basket to the top. A fertilizer stick and some moisture gels wouldn’t be a bad idea. Anyways as soon as you cover with dirt I would immediately go hang it up, since you would have a plant out the bottom.
    As with most container grown plants I think you will have to stay on top of watering as tomatoes like lots of water, and they would be more prone to drying out quicker than their in ground cousins- as the ground helps with evaporation control.
    I hope this gives you an idea, and if you try it tell me. I think it would work well

  27. A lady I know had 2 of them, and they were worthless. The ads say they’ll grow down in the pots, but they don’t. They still turn their leaves up toward the sun, like any other plants. And the tomato seeds the companies provide are not very good. Apparently they taste more like hot-house tomatoes than garden-grown ones. Get a half-way decent pot (if you hang it, make sure the hanger is good and sturdy if you use regular plants). fill it with good potting soil, and get a reliable type of plant, like Big Boy, Jet Star, Early Girl, etc. Cherry Tomatoes or Romas would be especially good for hanging pots. The sweetest, most productive ones I’ve found so far are Sweet Millions. I planted several in pots on my apartment patio one year (before I got a house), and they did very well.

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