rainbowgardener wrote:It is clearly true that some people clip the suckers and some don't and that it isn't necessary to do. I do (maybe some year I should do some plants that way and leave some alone as a control group, get better data), in the belief that it helps focus the plant on making fruit, not just getting bigger and branchier and leafier. I also pinch out the growing tips after the plant gets 5-6' tall, for the same reason. All I can say is I've been eating ripe tomatoes since the middle of June and I see lots of people writing in to say their tomatoes aren't ripe yet, so I must be doing something right.
Ditto here I couldn't have said it better myself. I do exactly what Rainbow does. I do try to leave a plant or two alone. Or maybe switch from pruning a certain group this time and next time a diff group. It all depends on how I feel the plants are doing really. I am always giving bagful's of produce away that I just can't eat. So Rainbow and myself can't be wrong. I have two very close neighbors that don't have hardly anything, yet my fridge is overflowing with produce literally.
I would like to do a real control group, I have thought about that myself. I really need to get organized, and I have been trying. But, I normally just throw plants in till it's full. And most usually flourishes beyond my needs.