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Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: 17543 (hunt 17758)
Re: Mater Pruning
Think of it this way.
1. Any given plant's sole purpose is to reproduce and create offspring so the species continues.
2. During a growing season a plant only produces so much energy, and you don't want that energy going into suckers (they are called suckers for a reason) and early fruit. It results in poor yield per plant.
3. Once a plant has produced offspring it doesn't need to keep fighting for survival of the species and becomes subject to disease, etc. I don't get an early harvest, but my late harvest is second to none!
4. I always let one of my early girls go untouched and by mid Aug has produced her last fruit and is dying, just when my main crop is mass producing.
5. I generally pick my fruit when it is just starting to turn from orange to red and put them on newspapers outside in the sunlight to fully ripen. I notice no difference in flavor and taste.
6. And lastly I discovered a few years ago that some how if you plant yellow marigolds around your tomatoes they seem happier and bear more fruit. Crazy ain't it?