Roma Tomato Plants
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Roma tomatoes

Zone northamtonshire | theshelfords added on May 9, 2015 | Answered

Do you nip out the side shoots of ROMA tomatoes the same as you do for other tomatoes?

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shelley
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Answered on May 9, 2015

The answer to your question is yes you can but it's really optional. The decision to prune is a controversial one it seems. There are those that say it should not be done on bushy tomato varieties such as roma as it will reduce tomato yields. Then there are those (http://backyardgenie.com/delicious-roma-tomatoes/week-12-cutting-sucker-branches-from-roma-tomato-plants/) that say it should be done because those side shoots draw away nutrients from your developing tomatoes. It all depends on what your school of thought is on this. You can try pruning some and not others and compare/contrast the quality and quantity of the yields which will help guide you in future plantings.

You can read more about this controversial issue here:
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/vegetables/tomato/should-you-prune-tomato-plants.htm

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