How to Prune Patio Tomatoes

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When pruning patio tomatoes, only trim one-third of the overall plant, concentrating on the lanky, overgrown branches. Thin out a patio tomato plant for more fruit production with instructions from a sustainable gardener in this free video on gardening.

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Hi, this is Yolanda Vanveen, and in this segment, we're going to talk about how to prune patio tomato plants, so you can grow tomatoes in the garden, or you can just put them in a container, right on your patio, but it's very important, or you'll get lots better fruits, if you actually prune your tomatoes every year, during the summer, as they're growing, and the reason that you prune them, is so that the stems can get stronger, and more energy can go to your tomatoes, and then you'll get larger tomatoes, so the rule of thumb, is only prune out one third of the lanky side branches, so you might stagger them, or do them from each side. You don't want to prune them all at one area, but by just thinning out your tomato plants, about one third of the branches out of them, you'll find that the remaining two thirds of the branches, will become much stronger, and as a result, you'll have even larger, more lush tomatoes, and it's really easy, and you can continuously trim through the summer, and you can continuously get beautiful tomatoes.

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