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Pinching out tom suckers

Hi guys, i was wondering when i should start pinching out the sucker shoots on my tomato plants (crimson crush). At the moment they aren't that big, maybe 8 inches tall or so. Should i be doing this now? Thanks in advance.

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  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 87,948
    Can you post a photo of your tomato plants please @Chriscore

    You should remove the little sideshoots in the axils of the leaves when they're about an inch long, but I've grown Crimson Crush a few times and I'm surprised that 8" plants are producing these sideshoots already.  

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.





  • ChriscoreChriscore Posts: 155
    I may have made a rather bad guess at the height there. Just checked and they are 12 inches. 
  • Looks like your tomatoes are taking over too. I have no window sill space left.
  • ChriscoreChriscore Posts: 155
    Thanks for the replies! yeah i think i'm gonna pinch them out. 
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 87,948
    Yes, I pinch them out as soon as they're bit enough to do it without damaging the plant ... good fingernails are helpful but a gardener's fingernails are rarely good  :(   I do it in the morning when the plant growth is firm.  

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.





  • ChriscoreChriscore Posts: 155
    Yes, I pinch them out as soon as they're bit enough to do it without damaging the plant ... good fingernails are helpful but a gardener's fingernails are rarely good  :(   I do it in the morning when the plant growth is firm.  
    Thank you dove, I will try that!
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