Tomato “suckers”?

It’s common knowledge that “suckers” — those shoots growing from the junction of two larger branches in a tomato plant — should be cut off because they drain energy from the main plant and produce no fruit.

Nope. Not always. Pinch little suckers if you like, but if you find a big one, be sure it has no blossoms before ending it’s life. This is especially true with heirloom varieties — which is what you should be growing.

It’s nice to be back.


About lifegrower

Peter V. Fossel has been gardening since he was nine, and has been an organic farmer for the last 20 years. His most recent book, “Organic Farming, Everything You Need to know” was published by Voyageur Press, Minneapolis, 2007. He’s written numerous gardening articles for Organic Gardening, Horticulture, Country Journal, Out Here, and American Profile among others. He was Gardens Manager for The Hermitage, home of President Andrew Jackson in Tennessee before returning to Cape Cod to start his newest organic venture, Swan River Farm in Dennisport, MA.
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2 Responses to Tomato “suckers”?

  1. Paul R says:

    Nice to read your words of wisdom once again!

  2. Linda C says:

    So glad you are writing again. We still miss you on the forum. We’re a friendly bunch now!

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