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Sodus, New York
Parnelli5723
Jul 8, 2017 8:23 AM CST
I have a couple dozen sweet onions growing in my vegetable garden. Do I cut back the leaves to encourage bulb growth or leave them be?
Tomato plants. Cut the suckers or not? I have 10 different heirloom varieties, all indeterminate. I have been cutting suckers but some have me believing that I should let them grow. All are staked and tied to bamboo stakes.
Thanks for answering these questions and giving me some advice.
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Zencat
Jul 8, 2017 8:27 AM CST
I would leave the onions alone and cut the suckers on the tomatoes. The onions need their leaves for development. You'll get better production from your tomatoes if they're trimmed.
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Weedwhacker
Jul 8, 2017 9:07 AM CST
I disagree about getting better production from the tomatoes if the suckers are pruned off (although the tomatoes you get may be larger), but I cage my plants; if your plants are trained to a single stake then you almost have to take off at least some of the suckers or it will be impossible to keep them growing upward.

I definitely agree about not trimming the onion leaves; their photosynthesis is providing the "food" that will make the bulbs grow. Smiling
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Paul2032
Jul 8, 2017 10:27 AM CST
I cage my tomatoes and do not trim suckers. Always get a bountiful crop.......
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Sodus, New York
Parnelli5723
Jul 8, 2017 2:27 PM CST
Thank you. Having the best luck with the tomatoes than I have had in years. Had late blight a few years ago that wiped out every plant in a few days!
Thank you for all your answers!
Name: Celia
West Valley City, Utah (Zone 7a)
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Zencat
Jul 8, 2017 2:36 PM CST
You're welcome and good luck!
Sodus, New York
Parnelli5723
Jul 9, 2017 8:12 AM CST
Thank you Zencat. I'll let you know how prolific my tomatoes and onions are!
Name: Celia
West Valley City, Utah (Zone 7a)
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Zencat
Jul 9, 2017 8:40 AM CST
Please post pictures of your haul here so we can see how they do. We love updates and pictures!

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