Pinching out tom suckers

ChriscoreChriscore Posts: 107
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 Central Norfolk UKPosts: 49,651
    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.  
    If winter comes, can spring be far behind? 





  • ChriscoreChriscore Posts: 107
    I may have made a rather bad guess at the height there. Just checked and they are 12 inches. 
  • Purple OrangePurple Orange Posts: 19
    Looks like your tomatoes are taking over too. I have no window sill space left.
  • Hazel 1Hazel 1 Posts: 1,218
    I think they need to be nipped out when you have so many - six?- pairs of true leaves but we've started nipping out ours now, about inch long as Dove says, and we don't have six pairs of leaves yet. Maybe four/ five pairs. This is what we always do and doesn't seem to harm the plant at all. 
  • ChriscoreChriscore Posts: 107
    Thanks for the replies! yeah i think i'm gonna pinch them out. 
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 49,651
    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.  
    If winter comes, can spring be far behind? 





  • ChriscoreChriscore Posts: 107
    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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