Tomato Plants
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tomato plant trimming

Zone St. Louis, MO | noah6724 added on June 30, 2016 | Answered

My tomato plants are, I fear, way too big and overgrown, and are suffocating my other plants from the sun. Can I trim them without harming them? Also, I heard marigolds affect them, but I forgot how except that the effect was positive, so I did so. How does it affect them?

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Downtoearthdigs
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Answered on July 2, 2016

Here is a link that will help you.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/vegetables/tomato/should-you-prune-tomato-plants.htm
Marigolds can help deter pests in the garden! I plant them at the edges of all my raised beds, and they look pretty too!

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/vegetables/vgen/companion-vegetable-garden.htm

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kh0001
Answered on July 2, 2016

You can prune them if you wish...or not :-). If you think your other plants aren't getting enough sun, go ahead & take the tomato plants down a bit. This article will give you some tips on how to prune tomatoes the right way: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/vegetables/tomato/should-you-prune-tomato-plants.htm

and this article describes "sucker" stems. You can thin your plants out by pinching these off too. https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/vegetables/tomato/tomato-plant-suckers.htm

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