Vegetables and Fruit forum: Tomatoes~Suckers~~To prune or not

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Name: Tara
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terrafirma
Apr 1, 2016 12:22 PM CST

Last year I grew Black Krims for the first time, and had beautiful plants, but very little fruit. I grew them in the ground, along with other varieties, both determinate, and indeterminate. The Black Krims were the only ones that I didn't have what you might call great success.

But I'm determined...

I'm trying them again this year, except this time, I'm growing them in an Earth Box.

In the past, I've mostly always, removed suckers, but now I'm wondering if it really is the best practice.
So I'm wondering what y'all might say? Do you pinch 'em off? Why, or why not?
Name: Paul Fish
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PaulF
Apr 1, 2016 12:39 PM CST
You will get two completely opposite answers to this often asked question. I am firmly in the "do not remove" camp. The only time I will prune anything is when the bottom suckers are making contact with soil. Soil borne disease can travel up to the plant and cause trouble. This situation can be remedied by removing leaves contacting soil or with a good mulching program.

Others will advise pruning suckers. Your choice...I made mine many years ago.
Name: Arlene
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abhege
Apr 1, 2016 3:00 PM CST
I always start out removing suckers and then get lazy and don't get around to it. BUT, if you do decide to remove, just push the suckers into the ground and you've got yourself another tomato plant!
Name: Brandon Garrison
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BrandonG
Apr 1, 2016 5:55 PM CST
abhege said:I always start out removing suckers and then get lazy and don't get around to it. BUT, if you do decide to remove, just push the suckers into the ground and you've got yourself another tomato plant!


The easiest way to get more plants!
I usually prune off a ton of suckers,and let them root in solo cups to sell at my yard sales .
They sell out every time!
Name: Arlene
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pirl
Apr 2, 2016 12:12 PM CST
Similar to Arlene's answer - I start off removing them but the plants put on a ton of growth after July 4th and the days grow hot, so that's when I quit.
Name: Tara
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terrafirma
Apr 8, 2016 6:51 AM CST
Thanks all for your answers. Thumbs up

I had always pinched off the tiny sucker growth. (something my dad had instructed to do years ago)
But I'd never even considered letting them get a bit larger, and then popping them in the ground! What a great way to multiply plants!

I can relate to after a certain point it being to hot, and too much growth to continue. Whistling That's what I had done in the past as well. Just quit!

So, Paul, I think agree. It's more work, and apparently not completely necessary to remove them. Put my energy into doing all the other "necessary" tasks!

Thank You! Thank You! Thank You! All!

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