Tomato Plants for Free: Lateral shoot vs sucker

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By Englishgardener
June 11, 2017

We were all taught to remove the lateral shoots when growing tomato plants. This is the shoot that appears in the axis between the stem and leaf, also known as axial shoot, sucker, etc. The removal of these shoots would enable the plant to put all of its energy into fruit production. We were advised to pick out and discard, but not anymore!

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Name: greene
Savannah, GA (Sunset 28) (Zone 8b)
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Jun 11, 2017 5:14 PM CST
Thumbs up Interesting. Thank you.
I usually remove the sucker rather than the lateral shoot to create new tomato plants. My local plant friend taught me this method.
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Name: Linda Welde

Jun 17, 2017 6:58 PM CST
Thank you for this info. I love tomatoes and canning them.. Will definitely try this method.
Linda Welde,California

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