18 comments on “Tomato Controversy: Pruning – A Sucker Born Every Minute

  1. Had to chime in and congratulate you on the great title! Kudos to you (and the post was good too, by the way).

  2. This is good advice James! Any time the plant makes a move toward you or your children or if it is eyeing the pets… prune with reckless abandon.

  3. We had the sucker debate this year too. Scott’s done it in the past but didn’t really feel like it was worth the effort. Maybe next year we’ll leave one go free and on another one prune and see who does better.

  4. never tried growing toms before.. so when i read that i have remove those suckers, I prune ruthlessly.. and discover that it is a never ending job… but the vines sure gets fatter after the pruning. lots of flower but no toms fruit yet.

  5. My husband and I had a fight over which stem was the sucker. He said it is the one to the left of the “crotch” at the 90 degree angle. I said the suckling is the one in the middle! I am right but won’t tell him that.

  6. I can see where this tomato pruning controversy could possibly replace my enthusiasm for d-i-y clipping of my westie’s coat. I think it’ll be the better for all as an improperly pruned tomato plant is less unbecoming than a dog with a bad haircut! Great article with photos to boot!

  7. I am glad to see someone else discuss the pruning Controversy. We raised our family with a 20 acre Truck Farm and tomatoes were a major Income source, so we grow for Yield.

    Not everyone agrees with our pruning practice, but that is waht makes Gardening so exciting.

    I also posted your link on our Blog

    As mentioned on you other Blog,

    This year I have recorded our Tomato Venture for the past 13 weeks.
    You and you readers may enjoy visiting the Videos and commenting. Appreciate Ratings also.

    Growing Tomatoes for Health and Wealth

    We also started a blog.
    Not as professional but having Fun

    Comments appreciated

  8. Driven a bit dingy, no doubt, by trying to keep up with pruning my tomato plants, I tried eating a sucker the other day. It tasted like lettuce and seemed to have no ill effect on me. Would it be unwise to harvest suckers and add them routinely to salads?

    I’ve read many discussions about pruning suckers, but none about pruning new tomato flowers. By pruning flowers can you focus a plant’s energies on speeding the growth of the fruit it is already working on?

    Thanks in advance for any wisdom!

    Well, I’ve never eaten the suckers. Tomatoes are nightshade plants and poisonous. Yuck. For pruning flowers, a lot of people do that as fruit is setting. I definitely prune off flowers from the early plants. A lot of times (especially for transplants) they’ve grown flowers too soon – before the plants have a chance to set up in the soil.

    • I recently completed a high tunnel pruning study with the cultivar ‘Applause’. No suckering had slightly higher yields but no significant differences than suckering the first 2 nodes and up to the leaf below the 1st bloom for all grades of tomato except extra large weight which was significantly reduced by suckering1 Go figure

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