Tomato plants are in ground and getting bigger and bushier by the day. Flowers have appeared and we are sooooo anticipating the first tomato of the season! Mmmmm, mouth is watering just thinking about it.
Many garden sources say one should pinch (prune) tomatoes suckers (the growth between main stems and the leaf) for a better tomato crop.
Cornell University says pinching or pruning tomato plants is not necessary:
The late Dr. Phillip Minges of Cornell: “Tomato yields per plant may be lowered by pruning. Removing the leaves or shoots does not conserve food for the crop, it tends to reduce the total food supply…use training methods that require little pruning.”
Truth, myth or big ol’ waste of time? I am all for less work in the garden, so inquiring minds want to know: how many of you remove suckers and how many just let the plants be?
Care to weigh in?