Pruning and Training Tomatoes in the South
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In many parts of the United States tomatoes are pruned and trained. The amount of pruning and the methods of training vary, but the commonest practice is to prune the plant to a single stem and tie it to a stake. There seems to be no general agreement as to the value of the practice.
Arguments for and against the practice have been advanced by growers and experimental workers. Thompson (11, p. 465) 3 summarized these as follows:
The advantages claimed for pruning and training are (1) earlier ripening (2) larger fruits, (3) less disease injury, (4) larger yields, (5) cleaner fruit, (6) more convenient harvesting, and (7) greater convenience for spraying.
The disadvantages usually mentioned are (1) greater amount of labor and expense, (2) less total yield, (3) greater loss from blossom-end rot, (4) more sunburn on the fruit, (5) greater amount of cracking.