How do you remove tomato suckers?


Quick Answer

To remove tomato suckers, simply pinch the small shoot between your thumb and forefinger. Gently bend back and forth until the shoot snaps off.

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  1. Locate the tomato suckers

    Tomato suckers are the little side shoots between the branch and the stem of the tomato plant. To encourage healthy growth, remove all suckers below the first flower cluster.

  2. Pinch the sucker

    Pinch the tomato sucker between your thumb and forefinger.

  3. Snap the sucker off

    Bend the sucker back and forth until it snaps off. If the sucker has gotten large and it doesn't pinch off easily, use a retractable razor knife.

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