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How tall should I let tomato plants grow?

How tall should I let tomato plants grow?

When the plant reaches the desired height–usually no taller than its support, 4 or 5 feet is good–consistently pinch out all new growing tips. In a week or so time, the plant will quit trying to put out new growth at the topmost part of the plant and concentrate on new growth and fruit below.

How do I stop my tomato plants from growing too tall?

ANSWER: You can prevent your tomatoes from growing too tall by pruning them. Pruning also encourages the plant to grow fruits instead of creating more foliage. Always use clean, sterilized shears when you prune to avoid spreading disease in your garden.

How tall do tomato plants grow in pots?

Choose the right type of tomato.

Determinate types (also called bush, compact, or patio plants) are usually the best tomato plants for containers, as they grow to a predetermined size—no more than 3 to 4 feet tall—and set flowers and fruits all at once, making them reliable and predictable in tight quarters.

How tall and wide Do tomato plants grow?

These plants grow well in containers because they usually grow 24 inches wide or less. Indeterminate varieties are sprawling, tropical plants that will grow until frost, disease or poor growing conditions kill them. In mild climates, they may grow to 6 feet tall and may sprawl along the ground to 6 feet wide.

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Should you water tomato plants everyday?

Early in the growing season, watering plants daily in the morning. As temperatures increase, you might need to water tomato plants twice a day. Garden tomatoes typically require 1-2 inches of water a week. Tomato plants grown in containers need more water than garden tomatoes.

Why are my tomato plants growing so tall?

Tomato plants may grow very tall if they are over fertilized, especially with nitrogen-rich fertilizers. The idea is that the nitrogen (the “greening nutrient”) causes the stems and leaves to grow large and thick, at the expense of flowers or fruit.

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