Suckering tomatoes and peppers

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How many of you sucker you tomatoes and peppers?

  1. Yes I do

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  2. No I don't

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  3. Sounds kinky but I might try it

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  1. REELDOC

    REELDOC EYES OPEN, NO FEAR Benefactor Supporting Member

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    How many of you sucker you tomatoes and peppers? I'm a firm believer in it.
     
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    Pink_Vapor “Not as funny as he thinks he is”, spouse Supporting Member

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    Interested, growin’ maters is new to me.
    Does it cause the indeterminate maters to get much taller?
     
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    You get more end product, crop that is.
     
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    Prune them out if you like bigger tomatoes.

    Having a bushier plant may yield more tomatoes but the fruit will normally be smaller. Works the same with many other fruiting plants/vines as well.
     
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    REELDOC EYES OPEN, NO FEAR Benefactor Supporting Member

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    https://thisismygarden.com/2019/05/pruning-tomato-plants-2/

    Follow this guide. I normally sucker tall tomatoes until they hit about 2'-3' tall. I pick the flower buds off until it looks like the main vine can handle the weight. During the season I remove all dead leaves. When they hit maturity I keep the bottom limbs picked off about 2' above the ground to help with air movement. I do the same thing for peppers.

    I kinda gotta get a feel for it.
     
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    cjcullom Happy to be here Charter Life Member Supporting Member

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    A local farmer showed me his new hot house layout for tomatoes. Basically they strung cables along the ceiling in rows with a small pulley every couple feet. Each pulley attached to a tomato plant and they trimmed the suckers off and made a single stalk out of each plant. The plants were full of fruit and his yield went up considerably. Very cool.
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    Never heard of it...
     
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    Just started trying this year.
     
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    I used to when I was serious about gardening. Last few years I haven't had a garden at all. This year I planted 12 tomato plants in hay bales. The first time I've planted in hay bales and wasn't sure how it was going work so I didn't go all out. Wishing I had now, they are really doing well in the hay bales. Worked so well I'm actually thinking about starting another run of 12 for some late-season tomatoes.
     
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    I always suckered Tomatoes but never even thought about peppers.
     
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    I tried to keep up with the suckers on a few plants this year to see if we noticed a difference. All the rain we’ve had and my work schedule the plants got ahead of me and I didn’t want to snap them off when they get to large. Hopefully I can give it a go next year.
     
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    Not too late. Also start removing lower leaves for air flow.
     
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    I started removing lower leaves yesterday.

    Also, be on the look out for horn worms. They can do a lot of damage in a short amount of time.
     
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    REELDOC EYES OPEN, NO FEAR Benefactor Supporting Member

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    If you see little green turds on a leaf they will be right above it. Sometimes the turds are easier to see than the worms.
     
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    This is the first year that we have suckered and removed leaves and it has definitely made a difference.
     
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    Mine had big black turds that almost looked like blackberries! I took care of him.