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Old 07-20-2013, 09:15 AM
 
Location: CT
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Hello I am a first time gardener and am having some problems with a out of control rutgers tomato plant.

It has taken over almost my entire garden now and I don't know what to do, it has 5 or 6 tomatoes on it and I am hesitant to move any of my plants due to moving a few not long ago and they died and my cucumber plant is starting to grow a vine that is wrapping around the tomato plant.

What do I do????
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Old 07-20-2013, 09:36 AM
 
Location: Near the Coast SWCT
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Great forum to post this in is the Garden forum. Many great people on there.

First off, DO NOT transplant it late in the game now, you'll probably end up shocking the plant.

You can train the cukes to climb up a trellis so start building one or buy one for them.

You can prune the Tomato plants if they are really overgrown and too much for your space but leave the branches with the fruits and flowers on them. Pleas ewatch some Youtube videos on pruning before you do it. You can ruin the plant and stop the yeilds.
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Old 07-20-2013, 09:46 AM
 
Location: Sneads Ferry, NC
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Hello I am a first time gardener and am having some problems with a out of control rutgers tomato plant.
Next season, you could look for a "patio tomato" which will stay a reasonable size. Rutgers is an "indeterminant" tomato, which means it keeps growing. The PP gives good advice about pruning.
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Old 07-20-2013, 10:09 AM
 
Location: Connecticut
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I am going to move this to the gardening forum where it will get more answers. Jay
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Old 07-20-2013, 05:01 PM
 
Location: CT
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That would be great thank you
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Old 07-21-2013, 12:12 PM
 
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Next season, you could look for a "patio tomato" which will stay a reasonable size. Rutgers is an "indeterminant" tomato, which means it keeps growing. The PP gives good advice about pruning.
Oy, I decided to try a patio tomato this year in addition to all the ones I have in the ground. I just thought it looked interesting.

I wouldn't bother with it again. The plant is very very stocky and way too compact, and the tomatoes are misshapen and taking forever to do anything. Mind you, I do know how to grow tomatoes; my dad was an old Italian who grew tomatoes for sauce every year, and I've been doing them all my life. This patio tomato is just a collosal waste of time.
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Old 07-22-2013, 06:01 AM
 
Location: San Antonio, Tx.
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I read on You Tube where You can cut the top of the plant off then it will put all of it's energy into producing tomatoes.
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Old 03-31-2014, 03:22 AM
 
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Hello I am a first time gardener and am having some problems with a out of control rutgers tomato plant.

It has taken over almost my entire garden now and I don't know what to do, it has 5 or 6 tomatoes on it and I am hesitant to move any of my plants due to moving a few not long ago and they died and my cucumber plant is starting to grow a vine that is wrapping around the tomato plant.

What do I do????
Hey,
Don't worry about it. You can manage your entire garden effortlessly. Just place proper stake or wooden cages around the plants then you see the difference.
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Old 04-01-2014, 01:18 PM
 
Location: Former LI'er Now Rehoboth Beach, DE
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Hey,
Don't worry about it. You can manage your entire garden effortlessly. Just place proper stake or wooden cages around the plants then you see the difference.

Hey there. Just an FYI as a newbie you would not know this. Take a peek in the upper left corner of the post and you will see a date when the original and then the latest post was made. Your response will bring an old post to the top so to speak, but the problem or original reason for the post is often done with months later.

Welcome to one of the bet sources of info I have found.
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