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Tbills8585
Jun 15, 2017 6:30 AM CST
What will happen to the plant if I pinch off flowers? Will they be replaced in the future? I pinched them off because if they would turn into tomatoes, I don't think the branches will be strong enough to support the weight.
Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Jun 15, 2017 9:16 AM CST
Welcome!

Tomato plants are pretty touch - I have never heard of one having too much fruit. But you won't hurt the plant by pinching off flowers. It will continue to bloom but be aware, determinate tomatoes produce only one crop. You may be pinching off your best chance of having tomatoes. Indeterminate tomatoes continue to produce throughout the season.
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dyzzypyxxy
Jun 15, 2017 9:35 AM CST
I agree You don't need to pinch off any flowers! May I add I've never seen a tomato plant that broke or dropped the tomatoes either, although in the wild, tomatoes grow as a sprawling vine, with the fruit often resting on the ground. The branches will thicken, and strengthen as the plant grows. Don't forget the tomatoes are pretty small at first and size up as the plant grows. Do you have the plants in a cage or otherwise supported upright?

If you want your plant to be more robust, maybe it can use more fertilizer? Show us a picture!
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Name: Philip Becker
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Philipwonel
Jun 15, 2017 10:10 AM CST
No pinch flowers. Just support plant.
Also : All i ever grow is determinate tomatoes. I have tomatoes, all season, from same plants. Sometimes till Christmas.
If frost or bad weather. I'll pick all good size green ones and bring in house. Put them in single layers. And most will ripen. Not same as vine ripe. Butt ! Heck of lot better than store bought. Thumbs up
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Newyorkrita
Jun 16, 2017 2:58 PM CST
I never pinch off flowers either. Just let them be.
Camp hill, pa
Tbills8585
Jun 16, 2017 8:12 PM CST
Thanks for the replies. I have 22 tomato plants. The determinates I didn't touch. I just couldn't remember getting flowers this soon. I have them caged and staked. I feed them tomato-tone. Healthy as can be and reaching 3 feet. I was just worried about delaying the harvest and having the plant think that it shouldn't give fruit.
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Weedwhacker
Jun 16, 2017 8:20 PM CST
It sounds like you have some very happy and healthy plants going there!

I'm getting flowers on a few of mine -- Viva Italia, Health Kick, and Bloody Butcher. I'm guessing the Bloody Butcher will be the first to ripen a tomato for me -- at least, that's been true in the past. Smiling
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Name: Philip Becker
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Philipwonel
Jun 17, 2017 6:31 AM CST
Geez. Wow. 22 plants ๐Ÿ˜ฎ
Are ya going into the tomato business.
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Camp hill, pa
Tbills8585
Jun 19, 2017 7:49 AM CST
lol no, not the tomato business, I just like to have too many than not enough. I'm just hoping I get a tomato before thestart of august. That was my goal, but taking some flowers off, I may have delayed that time schedule.
Name: Philip Becker
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Philipwonel
Jun 19, 2017 7:15 PM CST
Best of luck. ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ Thumbs up
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Tbills8585
Jun 23, 2017 6:42 AM CST
There is some white patches on my pepper plants. It looks like a deteriorating fungus. Any ideas? Should I remove the plants from the garden or just the infected leaves? Contagious to other garden plants?
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Weedwhacker
Jun 23, 2017 7:36 AM CST
It would be helpful if you could post a photo; also, I think it would be a good idea to start a separate thread for this topic (instead of putting it under "flowering tomato plants." )
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Philipwonel
Jun 23, 2017 8:15 AM CST
I agree with Sandy.
In mean time. In early morning. Spray peppers with perty good blasts of water to see if it washes off. Oh. Do it when day is going to be warm too.
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