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Scarsdale, New York
Jun 17, 2017 6:44 AM CST
Should you remove the lateral shoots if tomato plants are labeled determinate?
Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
Jun 17, 2017 7:28 AM CST
I don't. I have tried it a few times. Don't make no difference.
Try a few, and mark them. To see.

Just the first 2 or 3 laterals. Root the laterals, if you have room for more plants. Thumbs up
Anything i say, could be misrepresented, or wrong.
Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
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Jun 17, 2017 10:00 AM CST
No never. Determinate only grows to a certain size plant and stops. Pruning off suckers reduces the amount of fruit you would get from that plant.

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