Pruning tomatoes properly can help them produce more fruit and extend their growing season. Take care of these plants with routine maintenance and you'll have seasonal fruit all summer long!
How To Prune Tomatoes
By Marty Ross
- PowerGear® patented gear technology multiplies leverage to give you up to 3X more power on every cut
- Powers through tough stems and branches that traditional pruners can’t
- Patent-pending design with modified gears and cam mechanism optimizes your cutting power in the middle of the cut where the branch is thickest and you need it most
- Makes cutting dramatically easier than it is with other tools
- Fully hardened steel blade stays sharp, even through heavy use
- Low-friction coating helps the blade glide through wood, prevents the blade from gumming up with sap and debris and helps the blade resist rust
- Rugged DuraFrame® construction provides superior strength and reduced weight
- Contoured, rolling handle fits the shape and natural motion of your hand for comfortable use and reduced hand fatigue
- Easy-open lock protects the blade during transport and storage
- Bypass blade style
- Maximum cutting capacity: 3/4" dia.
- Lifetime warranty
- PowerGear2™ Pruner
- Ideal for deadheading, trimming, shaping and other quick snips on small plants
- Awarded the Arthritis Foundation’s Ease of UseSM Commendation for a design that’s ideal for people with arthritis or limited hand strength
- Easy Action™ spring-action design gently opens blades after each cut to help reduce hand fatigue
- Fully hardened, precision-ground stainless steel blades stay sharp, even through heavy use
- Softgrip® touchpoints enhance comfort and control
- Easy-open lock protects the blades during transport and storage
- Included blade cover protects the blades when not in use
- Length: approximately 6"
- Full lifetime warranty
- Softgrip® Micro-Tip® Pruning Snip
Enhanced to maximize leverage where you need it most, so you can power through stems and light branches up to 3/4" diameter with ease.
Awarded the Arthritis Foundation’s Ease of UseSM Commendation, our pruning snip makes quick, precise cuts virtually effortless.
Step 1: Clean up the plant. Start by using the Fiskars® PowerGear2® Pruner to remove any broken stems from your tomato plant, and make room for air to flow through the branches by getting rid of any thick or tangles sections in the middle of the plant.
Next, prune small branches and leaves from the bottom 12 to 18 inches of the plant. This helps to direct the plant to grow upright, giving you a taller and fuller plant. Be sure to always prune at a 45 degree angle for a clean cut, as breaking the stems or leaves off of the plant and leaving unprotected stems can endanger the plant.
Step 2: Snip off the suckers. As you're cleaning up your tomato plant, snip off the plant suckers using the Fiskars Softgrip® MicroTip® Pruning Snip and place in water to allow for new root growth. Once the roots have reached 1 inch in length, transfer the sucker into soil to sprout a new tomato plant!