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Old 07-01-2018, 04:13 PM
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I'm not talking about just pinching the suckers off. More like leaf/branch removal. I typically remove the lower limbs when I first buy my plants so I can plant them deeper (putting some ground oyster shell in the hole first). As the plants grow , I will remove the subsequent lower limbs/leaves up to about 8" or so off the ground.
As the plant matures and the lower leaves start to turn yellow, I will remove those as well. This year I'm going to experiment with removing even more leaves when the fruit is close to maturing.
Anyone else do this? I grow only heirloom plants with the exception of one yellow cherry tomato plant.

http://www.tomatogrowing.co.uk/de-leafing-tomato-plants

http://www.lathyrus-seed.com/paradis...deleafing.html

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/gardenin...ir-old-leaves/
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If it spots or yellows, I remove it. Other than that I let it grow. Planted a month and a half ago and they are now about 5' tall and all 3 different types producing green fruit on their way. SHould have edible tomatoes in about 2 weeks and looks to be a good year. No issues with any spotting or molds.
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100% yes. It's really one of the best things you can do to keep nutrients going towards the fruit!

Check out commrcial tomatoe growers and see how the plants all look like the Charlie Brown Christmas Tree!
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I pretty much do the same as you do.

Imperative to plant a good 8" of stalk to increase root zone. I remove branches and lightly score the stalk prior to transplanting.

I also pinch any early blooms that form while the plant is still in its predominant vegetative stage.

I line the top of my beds with red plastic to encourage the reflection of red-light wavelengths back up into the plants. I'm not argueing with anyone, believe it or don't, but it increases yield. Same with an indoor ganja room. The results are undeniable.
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Red plastic ABSOLUTELY increases yield. Another commercial growers trick. Use of seven dust every 7 days, do not miss a week. Dust the ground as Well.

Make certain you get the minerals right in the soil, very important!
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I planted tomato plants a couple times just for fun. Really didn't do anything other than water them if we didn't get rain. Had more tomatos than we could ever eat. So I'm wondering why you guys are doing all of these things.
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Simple.....Taste!
Unless you've eaten tomatoes grown in New Jersey soil...(Called the Garden State) for a reason, you've never really tasted a tomatoe. Not being a Dick, just honest.

I currently have 12 tomatoe plants which have yielded over 400 tomatoes so far! Taste is out of this world Good! That does not happen in FL without work.
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My tenant asked if he could plant tomatoes outside his condo. At first I thought no, then he told me how he would do it and keep it neat Genius, he bought a few bags of peat,soil mix, he cut a few Xs in the plastic bags and planted his tomatoes, and peppers in the plastic bags. They look fantastic and really hide well. The best part is I have not seen one weed. I will for sure have to try this next year.
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I planted tomato plants a couple times just for fun. Really didn't do anything other than water them if we didn't get rain. Had more tomatos than we could ever eat. So I'm wondering why you guys are doing all of these things.

Maximizing yield takes less space, work, and water. I have a limited supply of all of them.

I can lots of fruits and vegetables. Every case of fruits, jams, vegetables, etc is one less human interaction excursion to the grocery store.

Plus, I know what's in the food I'm feeding my family.
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Bury 2/3 of the plant and it will provide a stronger root base.
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Bury 2/3 of the plant and it will provide a stronger root base.

Yes sir re Bob!

Cut off all shoots growing 2/3 the way up the trunk from the bottom. Make your hole at least 6 inches wide and 3 inches deeper than need be.

Place one small fish head / fish guts in hole, cover with oyster / clam / mussel shells. Then one cup of your pre-prepared soil mix for your region. Then plant, then surround with good soil mixed with native soil. Water the plant very well, adding dirt as it sinks a tad.

I also wrap my trunk with tree tape lightly. Stake, lightly mulch for moisture retention, keep a few inches from trunk. Place your red plastic around trunk, use "U" pins every few inches.then after two weeks start the "seven" routine.
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Originally Posted by spraynet 1 View Post
Simple.....Taste!
Unless you've eaten tomatoes grown in New Jersey soil...(Called the Garden State) for a reason, you've never really tasted a tomatoe. Not being a Dick, just honest.

I currently have 12 tomatoe plants which have yielded over 400 tomatoes so far! Taste is out of this world Good! That does not happen in FL without work.
Did you have a load of NJ soil delivered to your place in Florida??

I never cared much for tomato's or sweet corn that was from Florida.
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[QUOTE=spraynet 1;11569897]Simple.....Taste!
Unless you've eaten tomatoes grown in New Jersey soil...(Called the Garden State) for a reason, you've never really tasted a tomatoe.

But is Jersey called the Garden State because of the vegetables that live there or the vegetables that grow there?
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Yes I prune them back when they get about 1 1/2 feet tall. Short story. We had a major hail storm in June one year. My 1 1/2 foot tomato plat were beat down to nothing but a one foot stem. Those things went nuts and grew like no other tomato plant I have ever seen. So I cut all mine back.
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absolutely. when I first plant they're about 1-2ft in the ground....first good leaves right above dirt.

I'll then trim everything below the lowest fruit. Also trim all the suckers. Depends if you're determinant or indeterminate, but for the indeterminate (which is all I plant in our short NJ growing season) I basically keep the main center trunk and after they fruit, trim and gone.
When lower levels re-fruit it's not as good as first round. It's not un-common for the plants to be 10ft tall by september.
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Originally Posted by spraynet 1 View Post
Simple.....Taste!
Unless you've eaten tomatoes grown in New Jersey soil...(Called the Garden State) for a reason, you've never really tasted a tomatoe. Not being a Dick, just honest.

I currently have 12 tomatoe plants which have yielded over 400 tomatoes so far! Taste is out of this world Good! That does not happen in FL without work.

The secret is all the perfluorinated compounds in the dirt!!
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That's a word I've never seen before!!!

Yes, Yes I did have around 200 lbs of dirt delivered to me when one of my brothers drove down from Upstate New York headed to Miami. He made a stop at another brothers house who lives in Jersey, loaded up on some great dirt and I used that at the bottom of each hole I dug. I mixed it with Miracle Grow, fish guts, different minerals, lime, pot-ash, peat moss, and a few other things I can't remember. My yield is out of this world and the taste is fantastic! My peppers are awesome as well. String beans not so hot. Corn was just ok. Strawberries sucked!!! but 1st year on those, I think the 2nd or 3rd year for strawberries are the best. Lettuce was also outstanding this year.
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[QUOTE=flcatcher1;11571088]
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Simple.....Taste!
Unless you've eaten tomatoes grown in New Jersey soil...(Called the Garden State) for a reason, you've never really tasted a tomatoe.

But is Jersey called the Garden State because of the vegetables that live there or the vegetables that grow there?

That would be BOTH...in all honesty! What a freaking loony bin of liberals in that communist state! Have no clue how any of you stomach that state. I guess the $$$.
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Originally Posted by spraynet 1 View Post
Simple.....Taste!
Unless you've eaten tomatoes grown in New Jersey soil...(Called the Garden State) for a reason, you've never really tasted a tomatoe. Not being a Dick, just honest.

I currently have 12 tomatoe plants which have yielded over 400 tomatoes so far! Taste is out of this world Good! That does not happen in FL without work.
Pics of said tomatoes.
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Originally Posted by spraynet 1 View Post
Simple.....Taste!
Unless you've eaten tomatoes grown in New Jersey soil...(Called the Garden State) for a reason, you've never really tasted a tomatoe. Not being a Dick, just honest.

I currently have 12 tomatoe plants which have yielded over 400 tomatoes so far! Taste is out of this world Good! That does not happen in FL without work.
Please don't tell that guy who lived in NJ and moved to Florida about this secret or even this thread or we will never hear the end of it. He has beaten the hell out of everything else NJ and more than once have videoed all the farms in South Jersey to post that no, NJ isn't as bad and city like that you make it out to be...
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