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PostPosted: Sun Mar 25, 2012 7:36 am 
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I've heard both ways, leave them and I've heard to pinch them off.
In ya'lls experience what's best?

I'm revering to the little shoots the sprout from between the leaf and stem, that normally out grows the main stem.

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 25, 2012 9:51 pm 
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I can't see a good reason for pinching anything off of the plant. Except ripe tomatoes, that is!

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 26, 2012 6:41 am 
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I pinch them off as well as the lowest branches. You don't want any branches touching the ground. Trust me, you won't miss them.

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 07, 2012 9:23 pm 
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I keep my suckers pinched off, because I'm growing lots of stuff in a small area. I only give a tomato 1 square foot to grow. (per square foot gardening method) If I left the suckers, it would need a much bigger area.

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 08, 2012 12:37 am 
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My tomatoes are all over the ground by the end of the season. They form a huge hedge.

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 08, 2012 6:47 am 
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Mine too but any leaves laying on the ground will become lace.

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 08, 2012 2:27 pm 
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This begs the question "what do you consider a "sucker" on a tomato plant?" Someone tried to describe to me (via email, not showing in person) how he trims his plants and it didn't make any sense. Are these branches that don't produce fruit?

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 12, 2012 8:34 am 
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Here is a detailed article about keeping sucker vines pruned:

http://therustedgarden.blogspot.com/201 ... uning.html

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