Can I prune back my Sungolds without hurting the plants?


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Hi, folks :) Total newbie to both the forum and gardening in general :)

I’m growing Sungold tomatoes for the first time this year, making use of the sun drenched deep windowsills of my apartment in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. I kept six of the few dozen seedlings I started, and in the less than two months since I sowed the seeds I’ve been astounded by their growth rate. The plants are already 4-5 feet tall and producing tomatoes :)

The problem is that I neglected to prune all of the suckers, and four of the plants now have a couple of well developed second stems, each about three feet long, almost half an inch thick at their base and growing from beneath the first flowering branches of the main stem (pictured above). Given my limited space I’m concerned about the second stems crowding out the neighbouring plants and putting too much strain on the bamboo stakes I’m using for support, and I’m wondering if it would be possible (or wise) to prune them now that they’re so well developed. Would it be a simple procedure or do I run the risk of shocking the plants too much by removing too much of their foliage?
 
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You aren't obligated to prune the suckers but it sounds like in your situation you should. I don't , but I am not in a limited space either. Each of those suckers you remove will have produced a lot of tomatoes.
 
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If you are worried about them now, prune out the suckers.
If you are worried about them in future, pinch out the suckers.
Prune out any which have no flowers/tomatoes on, in any case.
 
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Thanks for the help :) I think I’ll have to carefully consider whether to prune. The second stems already have flowering branches, and I’d hate to limit my yield just because I’m scared of a little bulk :p
 
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I agree. No need to prune suckers off plants unless you wish to control the size of plants. Have you given thought of trying a dwarf tomato variety? Great for small pots, and no worry about the plant growing too big.
 
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This is my Tiny Tim tomato. Maxes out at only a foot tall and the little red fruits are great! No pruning on this plant necessary. However, it can get top-heavy. A small stake, or a place for the plant to lean against would be good.
 

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No, I’m very much married to my Sungolds. It’s the variety my grandad used to grow in his garden in the UK, and I’ve been waiting for years to have enough time in one place to grow them (I move around a lot). I’ll happily let these plants sprawl across my apartment for the chance to taste the toms I fell in love with as a wee lad :)
 
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Well then, if that is the variety you like, stick to it! (y) I grow several types and varieties, and have my favorites as well. I have actually heard of Sungold. That is a cherry type, right? And you grow them from seed?
 
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Well then, if that is the variety you like, stick to it! (y) I grow several types and varieties, and have my favorites as well. I have actually heard of Sungold. That is a cherry type, right? And you grow them from seed?
I grew Sungolds last year. They are a medium sized yellow cherry tomato. Production is on par with Juliet.
 
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Doesn't the taste of Sungold vary depending on ripeness? I have heard it was sweeter the riper it was? I've never grown it because it's a hybrid.
 
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Doesn't the taste of Sungold vary depending on ripeness? I have heard it was sweeter the riper it was? I've never grown it because it's a hybrid.
Yes, the riper the sweeter...............up to a point.
 
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And it is tart when it first turns? I read about the Sungold in this book. The man who wrote it likes it as well.
No tomatoes are good when they first start to turn color. All tomatoes are at their best when fully colored and just barely starting to get soft. An over ripe tomato is a soft squishy fruit. Sungolds IMO are sweet but have a slight tartness to them. The amount of acid in a tomato determines its tartness. Try a Jet Star. They have very very little acid and are just sweet, but it is up to the consumer to decide how sweet is sweet. I know of no tomato that isn't sweet. Sungolds are great tasting tomatoes and I have never met a tomato I didn't like.
 
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Personally, I don't care for really sweet tomatoes, like pink, or yellow ones. I also don't care for ones that are super juicy. So far my Ketchup tomato is my #1 choice. I'm going to let you in on a secret: I not only grow things for myself... I also sell my plants to local people. This year my tomatoes were a sell-out.
 
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Personally, I don't care for really sweet tomatoes, like pink, or yellow ones. I also don't care for ones that are super juicy. So far my Ketchup tomato is my #1 choice. I'm going to let you in on a secret: I not only grow things for myself... I also sell my plants to local people. This year my tomatoes were a sell-out.
Then you have dozens of varieties to try if you don't care for juicy tomatoes. Any of the romas or sauce or paste are not juicy. But they are also extremely prone to blossom end rot.
 
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My mother likes her tomatoes juicy. I have one called Garden Peach I will grow for her. It's fuzzy. :sneaky:Oh yes, I do own the Roma variety. But I did not plant some for myself this year. But I have a beefsteak, and an oxheart growing. Like I've said, I own MANY varieties, and will always take more. :love: Here is my 'mystery tomato' so far. I cannot wait to see what it's like.
 

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My mother likes her tomatoes juicy. I have one called Garden Peach I will grow for her. It's fuzzy. :sneaky:Oh yes, I do own the Roma variety. But I did not plant some for myself this year. But I have a beefsteak, and an oxheart growing. Like I've said, I own MANY varieties, and will always take more. :love: Here is my 'mystery tomato' so far. I cannot wait to see what it's like.
All I can tell you about the plant is that it is an indeterminate and potato leaf variety and probably a cherry type due to the number of blooms on the truss.
 
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I'm sure it's not potato-leafed, I have grown the potato-leafed variety German Pink and it's foliage doesn't match. Nuts, I was hoping it to be a big-fruited variety. Hmm. I'd like to have a few words with the person I bought this messed-up variety from. :LOL: It certainly isn't a Micro-Tom. Either they stuck the wrongs seeds in the packet, or if they did actually save the seeds from a Micro-Tom , and it just didn't come true to type. I was under the impression Micro-Tom was an heirloom. Baker Creek sells them, but when I tried to order the Micro-Toms from them, they were out of stock, so I went to eBay.
 
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I'm sure it's not potato-leafed, I have grown the potato-leafed variety German Pink and it's foliage doesn't match. Nuts, I was hoping it to be a big-fruited variety. Hmm. I'd like to have a few words with the person I bought this messed-up variety from. :LOL: It certainly isn't a Micro-Tom. Either they stuck the wrongs seeds in the packet, or if they did actually save the seeds from a Micro-Tom , and it just didn't come true to type. I was under the impression Micro-Tom was an heirloom. Baker Creek sells them, but when I tried to order the Micro-Toms from them, they were out of stock, so I went to eBay.
It isn't a regular leafed variety and not a totally potato leafed type either. Each variety of tomato has a leaf slightly different than another and its impossible to tell what a variety is by the leaf alone. That plant has nothing to do with a micro tom. A micro tom is an old hybrid that they call an heirloom because it is stable and open pollinated.
I don't think it is a large fruited variety. If not a cherry its a small to medium sized tomato.
 
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Ah.. I see. So this person on eBay probably did save the seeds from a Micro Tom, and the two plants I have did not come true to type, and could possibly be one of the parents to the Micro Tom? Interesting! I didn't know Micro-Tom was old. I will save the seeds from this plant and see if it comes true. I received my other Micro-Toms from Baker Creek the other day; I had re-ordered them after seeing these other plants were incorrect.
 

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