In order to produce the best tomatoes, I have to take out all the suckers.
Not suckers, like the ones from this D-Nice song…But tomato suckers, shoots that grow between the main stem and a branch.
If left to grow, suckers might steal energy from the main fruit, and you’d get a bunch of mediocre tomatoes instead of some really good ones. For a more reasonable explanation, go here.
There’s discussion on whether you have to take out the suckers. The square-foot gardening method takes out the suckers to keep the tomato plants from spreading too wide and taking over the rest of the garden. Who knew three tomato plants would require so much work?
I watched several videos while looking for ways to stay sucker free.
Front Porch Farm gives a detailed description of how to string and sucker tomato plants. I haven’t had any success with training them on the trellis, so I’ve just been tying the branches.
I hope I’m not just hacking away at these plants. I see lots of flowers, so there’s definitely potential. There are lots of bugs too…but I’ll talk about that next time.
Here’s some updated pictures of my garden:
I’d love some feedback from the gardeners out there. So tell us, how do you take out the suckers? Or do you just leave those suckers alone?