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tomato suckers

Posted by namastemomi 29708 (My Page) on
Sat, Jul 18, 09 at 13:11

Is it always necessary to pinch back the suckers on tomato plants? Especially if it is putting on fruit - They can sometimes seem stronger and more productive than the main branch. My indeterminate tomato plants do this as they reach above 6 feet tall and have finished producing nearer to the bottom of the plant.

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RE: tomato suckers

The only time I feel it is NECESSARY to pinch out suckers is early on so you get one main stem growing strong and tall to be tied to your stake. If you are using a tomato cage, I don't see any need at all. If you want late tomatoes until frost, you can root some suckers. Depending on where you are in SC, you could have fried green tomatoes for Thanksgiving.

RE: tomato suckers

These are a few of my suckers. I placed them in shot glasses with water till they rooted. Gave them an extra week to get stronger and potted them in a nice growing medium, mixed with coarse pine bark.

Here is a link that might be useful: planted suckers

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