The Q&A Archives: Suckering Tomato Plants

Question: I remember my uncle in Tennessee could grew the most fantastic tomato plants! He had some way of removing "selected" suckers, and he stated this allowed more nutrient to produce larger, more healthy fruit instead of developing unneeded foliage. He is dead now and I can find no one that has heard of this practice; any help will be appreciated.

Answer: No fresh taste ever beats the flavor of a memory! Pruning a tomato plant may increase the size of the tomatoes, will definitely decrease the ultimate yield, but will not have an effect on the taste. Taste is related to the variety and the soil it is grown in.

Suckering is usually done on plants that are staked to help control the plant's size. Suckers grow in the crotches between main stem and branches. Contrary to common belief, suckers will produce fruit. They can also be planted in the ground or in a pot and will grow into a new plant.

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