How Can I Control The Height Of Tomatoes Without Hurting Them?

Q: Last year I planted tomatoes but they grew to fifteen feet long. Can I cut them back to control height without hurting the tomatoes? 

A: It would be better to plant tomatoes that limit their height naturally. Look on the label this spring for “determinate ” tomatoes. Since determinate tomatoes typically go to a certain height, produce fruit, and then fade away, it might be best to have two or three plantings spaced about three weeks apart.

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