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by Jackie Lee and Amanda McWhirt - April 25, 2018
We received our tomato transplants for the demo trial on April 3. We have patiently
nurtured our 12 plants and waited to plant in hopes of missing any late freezes. I
am glad we did! The last cold spell took a toll on early planted tomatoes across the
state! There will be a lot of replanting going on due to the loss from the freeze.
We planted our tomatoes on April 19th and will plan on putting out our first fungicide application in 7-10 days. Our first
application will be mancozeb but if you are going the organic route use copper. Remember
to keep an eye on your tomatoes for insect pests and to spray fungicides timely, approximately
every 7-10 days. Early blight, other diseases, and insect pests can sneak up quick
and the fungicide sprays are preventative which means they must be applied before
the disease is present. Looking forward to some good Arkansas tomatoes!!!
The first picture is from before planting. The second is after we transplanted in
We pruned our Better Boy indeterminate tomatoes early this week to a double leader
system. We made a video about how to prune using this method while visiting Mr John
Gavin our county agent in Bradley county.
Here is the basic protocol for pruning to a double leader system:
Here are a few other recommendations:
Here is a link to my You-tube channel where you can find videos on how to prune determinate tomatoes and how to prune indeterminate
tomatoes to a single leader.