What are ya'lls thoughts on taking off the suckers on tomato plants?Should I or Should I not?
This is exactly the method I use on my Better Boy's and they will shoot up to 6'-7'. I get a tremendous amount of fruit and they are mighty tasty. Cirtes is right about disease too, I have experienced very little, if not any problems with disease or pests.Cirtes wrote:I prune indeterminate plants when they are young so that there is 1 to 2 feet of stalk with no leaves at the soil line. As Alex mentioned, this is to keep disease and pests away.
With small plants, I start removing all suckers up to the first fruit cluster. Anything above that is allowed to grow. Once the plants are in the ground I slowly trim the remaining leaves at the base of the stem until I get the desired clearance. At all times I make sure there are no leaves touching the ground since this is an invitation for fungus.