Tomato plants

Discussion in 'Gardening & Plant Propagation' started by ThreeCreeks, Apr 19, 2005.

  1. ThreeCreeks

    ThreeCreeks Member

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    We have some storebought (actually 4-H project) tomato plants that we just planted, about 6-8" tall. Don't know what variety. Some are already blooming/have little tomatos starting. Should I let these tomatos grow or pick them off until the plants get bigger?
     
  2. mama2littleman

    mama2littleman El Paso

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    If you aren't concerned about having the earliest tomato in the neighborhood, I'd pinch off those blooms to encourage a healthier and better developed root system.

    I only have anecdotal evidence to go by, but my personal experience is that the plants that I transplanted with blooms that I let grow gave me earlier tomatoes but less overall production. The ones who I pinched blooms off of at transplant time had later production but were overall healthier plants that produced a lot more.

    So, I guess the answer is ... It depends on what you want. A lot of tomatoes or early tomatoes.

    Nikki
     

  3. ThreeCreeks

    ThreeCreeks Member

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    More later is good for me, thanks for the advice.
     
  4. mama2littleman

    mama2littleman El Paso

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    My pleasure! Let me know how it works out for you and what varieties you end up with.

    Nikki