Tomato suckers

large suckerBushy tomato plants are lovely, aren't they? However, it is important to sucker your tomatoes as tomato suckera bushy plant will actually have less tomatoes. A sucker is a non-bearing branch that grows out of the stem at a 45 degree angle off the branch that will have tomatoes (these grow straight out). Pinch these off as soon as you see them started (idealy before they get an inch long). [Picture credits: finegardening.com and about.com]