seedlings vs new suckers

Sherry_Bell(9)February 12, 2012

Last year was my first year growing tomatoes. I live in Florida and we did not get a winter this year, so my (grape) tomatoes are still producing and growing new suckers. I have figured out how to take off some of those suckers and replant them to start new plants. The plants are growing slow now however with the method of using the suckers to restart new plants, is that a good or bad idea? Should I be pulling all of this up and getting rdy to put out new ones?

I am real new at this and would love your input.


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Good idea, assuming plants are healthy. You'll be weeks ahead of restarting from seed. I envy your dilemma.

    Bookmark   February 12, 2012 at 3:30PM
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ralleia(z5 Omaha, NE)

I think that using suckers to start new plants is a valid idea. Here in zone 5 I took suckers off my very prolific Cosmonaut Volkov plant last fall. The seeds that I had stored were getting old and I didn't want to lose the line. The two plants are overwintering in the sunny south windows and doing very well.

Go for it--just don't destroy the parent plants until your suckers are showing signs of new growth.

    Bookmark   February 13, 2012 at 7:46AM
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i have the same issue here in phoenix and i'm wondering y pull up the old plant i have 1 orange cherry and one grape that i've allreedy potted some cuttings from but what is the downside to letting these continue to grow they are loaded with flowers now and i'm getting about 10 pounds of fruit a week, so why would i pull them up?

    Bookmark   February 13, 2012 at 10:58AM
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ralleia(z5 Omaha, NE)

I don't believe that there is any reason to pull them up as long as they are still healthy and productive.

The only thing I would do is make sure to keep fertilizing them so that they can keep up production. Top-dress them with a couple inches of compost now, and continue what you normally do to keep them healthy.

Tomatoes, peppers, and eggplants are actually tender perennials, not annuals. I have peppers in the basement that are five-year-old plants. Every fall I stick them in a pot and overwinter them in the basement. When spring rolls around I transplant them back outdoors and get at least a month head-start over those puny seedlings!

    Bookmark   February 13, 2012 at 2:26PM
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