Free Tomato Plants from Cuttings – Farm Fresh Tuesday (#7)

Do you love tomatoes? Would you like to double or triple how many tomato plants you are growing for FREE? Today, I will be sharing tips on how to get free tomato plants from pruning the suckers,  found in our featured post this week! Growing Tomato Plants from Seed Are you a tomato lover like me? I LOVE me some home grown tomatoes! I can never get enough! Every year I grow my tomatoes from seed, and have a lot of great tips here in my Seed Sowing 101: Planting Tomato Seed article. I also go over how I transplant tomato seedlings in my article How to Transplant Tomato Seedlings. Be sure to keep reading, to learn how to get yourself some FREE tomato plants! Tips for Growing Tomatoes Tomatoes are a little bit tricky to grow, so I have some tips here in these related articles: Simple Easy DIY Tomato Support System – A great tutorial on how to support those ever growing indeterminate tomatoes. These guys can get out of hand quickly, so it is a good idea to have a plan on how you are going to support the plants, before they even go in the ground! I have found that this support system, works really well for me year after year. Some other things, like those tomato cages, don’t. They fall over pretty quickly or the string used in the weave method breaks. This system is sturdy and rock solid, but does take some effort well before your tomato plants need it. Tomatoes do better in the long run, if you prune them. (Hint: this is how you get the free tomato plants too!) Especially near the ground where viruses and bacteria can splatter up onto the foliage and create problems for your plants…

How and Why You Should Prune Tomato Plants

Not sure how or why you should prune your tomato plants? Today we will be sharing how and why you should! Pruning Indeterminate Tomato Plants Indeterminate tomato plants grow much taller than determinate tomato plants. They are a vining plant that will continue to grow and produce fruit until they experience their first frost. Therefore it is a good idea to provide them adequate support and to prune them to keep them healthy. To see how I support my tomato plants, please see my article Simple DIY Tomato Support System. Determinate tomato plants on the other hand, are not a vining plant that continually produces fruit. They grow one large crop of fruit that all ripens at the same time, and then the plant dies back. This type of tomato does not need to be pruned as much. However, I would still prune around the base of the plant (see below for more on that). Related Article You May Be Interested In: The Benefits of Freezing Your Tomato Harvest How to Transplant Tomato Seedlings Seed Starting 101: Planting Tomato Seed Our favorite Homesteading & Gardening things in our Amazon Store! 3 Reasons Why You Should Prune Your Tomatoes There are a couple of good reasons why you should prune your indeterminate tomato plants to keep them healthy. Pruning the lower 12″-18″ of the plant, helps to prevent back splash from the ground when it rains or when you water. The dirt in the ground can carry viruses which can harm the plants such as blight. Removing the stems and leaves at the bottom of the plant allows for less surface area for those viruses to infect. Pruning the suckers off the plant, creates better air flow and air circulation around the plant. This also prevents disease and…