It can be taxing to figure out when to plant, prune, and harvest tomatoes. Here are some general timing protocols to follow throughout the growing season.
❑ 6 to 8 weeks before the last spring frost date, start seeds indoors
❑ 7 to 10 days prior to the last spring frost date, harden-off seedlings
❑ 1 to 7 days after the last frost, transplant young plants into the garden
❑ 1 to 2 weeks after transplanting (and any time after), prune off any foliage that is touching the ground
❑ 2 to 4 weeks after transplanting (when flowering begins), remove all small suckers below the first flower cluster
❑ 6 to 8 weeks (or longer) after transplanting, remove errant long stems that escape your tomato support system of choice (e.g., cage, fence)
❑ 4 weeks before the first fall frost date, top the plant by cutting indeterminate varieties back to 5 feet or so
❑ 1 to 2 days after the first fall frost, remove all green fruit to ripen indoors
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From Fine Gardening #194
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