Should I Prune My Volunteer Tomato Plant?
Q: I found a volunteer tomato plant next to my townhouse which has become huge and filled with cherry tomatoes. Should I prune it?
A: I don’t know who planted it, but you are welcome to manage the vine any way you like. In my experience these unexpected volunteer tomatoes are almost always the cherry type. This is probably because the seeds came from a hybrid tomato, whose ancestors included a cherry tomato. As a class, cherry tomatoes tend to be wild and vigorous. When I have them in my garden, I let one or two grow freely and snack on the small tomatoes as they ripen.