dubele wrote:I hear you should clip the bottom "branches" of the tomato plant....they are called "suckers"? When should I do this....how tall should the plant be and how many??
The Suckers are not full-sized branches, unless they are allowed to grow unchecked (not pinched). The Suckers are the small shoots that appear at the "V" where branches meet the main stem.
Many people pinch off the suckers to control the bushy-ness of the plant, and possibly grow larger fruit, etc... .
Many folks remove the bottom branches at planting time, and "deep plant" the tomato transplant... primarily for better root development.
Once the plant is up and growing (usually a few weeks old), many folks remove the bottom branches, especially those that touch the ground... to aid in disease prevention.