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Week of June 7, 2017

Advantages to pruning out the suckers on your tomatoes are increased fruit size, better air circulation and will help with disease control. The suckers are the stems growing out of the leaf node. You should remove the suckers from the bottom of the plant up to the first flower cluster. Remove them before they get too big, less than 3” long is a good rule of thumb. Determinate varieties should not get pruned, you can leave the suckers on those plants.