I'm new here. I think this looks like an excellent forum, and I'm SO happy to finally have a little garden going this summer. I usually end up waiting too long, or like one year, I over did it and couldn't manage everything I'd planted.
Anyway, I bought the last cherry tomato plant from the grocery store. It has 5 or 6 large clusters of tomatoes on it, but no flowers. In fact, it's been pinched quite a bit and I don't even see anywhere with new leaves - the stems are just cut off. I hadn't noticed this when I bought the plant. It's fairly large and thick.
Will it make flowers somehow? Is there something I need to do? How can I help it to produce more during the summer and not just what it has on it now?
Also, it has huge leaves - much bigger and different (flat) than normal tomato leaves. Should I clip them to give the tomatoes more sun? They seem to be ripening just fine, so I feel I should leave them on there.
Also, last question, can I clip a branch with a cluster on it, or is it best to take off each tomato? I don't want to hurt the plant, but I love those cluster tomatoes you can buy in the store on the branch.
Thank you for any information you might have. I can provide pictures if needed. It's nice to be here : )