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Post  Sunsanvil on 6/20/2012, 5:48 pm

Totally new to the concept of growing/pruning indeterminants. Can someone please double check my understanding of what the undesirable suckers are (I've indicated what I think they are with arrows):





Also, when should I cut them? Are the lower couple on each plant long enough to cut? Are the upper ones too shorts?

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Post  noudo25 on 6/20/2012, 5:51 pm

Your good to go and pluck them all. The biggest thing to remember is never prune above the upper most flower cluster, that's where the new growth starts anything under that is fair game.
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Post  camprn on 6/20/2012, 6:04 pm

You can go ahead and prune them now. Just pinch them between your thumb and finger and give a wee bit of a twist if necessary. This way you will be less likely to cut something you would rather not cut.

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Post  GWN on 6/21/2012, 12:31 am

Ditto....
Oh and is that new spinach in the back ground? Your plants look great.
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Post  Sunsanvil on 6/21/2012, 11:34 am

Thanks all for the confirmation.

Good eye QWN, yes in the first pic that is spinach, and behind it the mesclun. Both are coming along famously.

The bush beans (seen behind in the 2nd pic) are hit and miss. Seems like about 50% poked through and then quit.
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Post  floyd1440 on 6/21/2012, 8:04 pm

Sunsanvil wrote:Thanks all for the confirmation.

Good eye QWN, yes in the first pic that is spinach, and behind it the mesclun. Both are coming along famously.

The bush beans (seen behind in the 2nd pic) are hit and miss. Seems like about 50% poked through and then quit.

Hey Sunsanvil

How did you put those arrows on your pictures? They are very helpful and you got some good advice for pruning your tomatoes. I made a mistake on one plant but got a sucker to take the place of the main stem I cut off.

Now I let them go for about a week and just pull off the lower ones until I get it down pat...

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Post  Sunsanvil on 6/22/2012, 7:58 am

floyd1440 wrote:How did you put those arrows on your pictures? They are very helpful and you got some good advice for pruning your tomatoes.

Photoshop. Smile
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Post  acara on 6/22/2012, 8:26 am

You've got it man ...start pinchin Very Happy
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Post  snowpea on 7/15/2012, 7:57 pm

Think I should prune the stem in the center-it is pretty far gone so wanted to check here first Thanks Cool

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Post  floyd1440 on 7/15/2012, 8:15 pm

snowpea wrote:Think I should prune the stem in the center-it is pretty far gone so wanted to check here first Thanks Cool


Looks like something I found today in my garden as I was training my plants through the trellis.

My grape tomato had a stem just like in your picture. Must have missed this sucker and it had grown out of control. I cut it off and will try to keep a closer eye on the store going forward..
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Post  chjbr63 on 7/15/2012, 8:16 pm

prune it and plant it.
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Post  walshevak on 7/16/2012, 3:29 am

+1 Even if you have to use a pot or a bucket. Remember it is just as old as your mother plant and will produce faster that a new seedling.

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Post  Cincinnati on 7/16/2012, 7:37 am

Pinch them off when they air small ansd very tender (ie as soon as you see them). I cut any that I miss and discover when they are maybe 2" or bigger. I've even cut a 15" sucker that had blossomed.

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Post  floyd1440 on 7/16/2012, 8:07 pm

chjbr63 wrote:prune it and plant it.

I cut it and put in a cup of water and will plant it when it gets roots or should I just plant it?????
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Post  walshevak on 7/16/2012, 8:13 pm

I rooted one in water, but you could probably use a cup of MM kept moist. I just like to see if the roots have formed. Dipping the stem in rooting hormone can help.

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Post  snowpea on 7/16/2012, 8:38 pm

I'll cut it and root it in water too

-what a great idea-would never have thought of it!
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Post  floyd1440 on 7/17/2012, 8:06 pm

walshevak wrote:I rooted one in water, but you could probably use a cup of MM kept moist. I just like to see if the roots have formed. Dipping the stem in rooting hormone can help.

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I will check my plant tomorrow but I could just plant it in a solo cup with some potting soil????
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Post  walshevak on 7/17/2012, 10:04 pm

Yes, then when it is rooted move to a bigger pot.
Plant it deep into the solo cup.
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