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Should I pinch the flowers off tomato and pepper transplants?

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Should I pinch the flowers off tomato and pepper transplants?

Post  NowWeAreFour on 5/12/2014, 8:25 pm

Nearly all of my home-started seeds failed (PSA: Turn off the grow lights at night, and provide less--FAR less--water Embarassed ), so I ended up buying plants at our local farm. Some of them were quite large, and while they transplanted fine and are thriving now, several of them are already flowering. Our "official" plant-out date isn't really even until  Thursday, so I'm wondering if I should just go ahead and remove the flowers/buds from these transplants so they can give their energy to building a good root system.

WWYD? Is it OK to let them go ahead and flower, or should I be conservative and pinch?

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Post  camprn on 5/12/2014, 8:41 pm

NowWeAreFour wrote:Nearly all of my home-started seeds failed (PSA: Turn off the grow lights at night, and provide less--FAR less--water Embarassed ), so I ended up buying plants at our local farm. Some of them were quite large, and while they transplanted fine and are thriving now, several of them are already flowering. Our "official" plant-out date isn't really even until  Thursday, so I'm wondering if I should just go ahead and remove the flowers/buds from these transplants so they can give their energy to building a good root system.

WWYD? Is it OK to let them go ahead and flower, or should I be conservative and pinch?

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How long have the plants been in the ground? What is your location?
WWYD... what the heck is that? thinking

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Post  llama momma on 5/12/2014, 8:43 pm

maybe it means what would you do...I never saw that before  No
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Post  Jmichelle on 5/12/2014, 9:01 pm

llama momma wrote:maybe it means what would you do...I never saw that before  No

You are correct.
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Post  NowWeAreFour on 5/12/2014, 9:51 pm

camprn wrote:How long have the plants been in the ground? What is your location?
WWYD... what the heck is that? thinking

Oh, sorry! I planted them on the 6th, and I'm in NJ (zone 6B, I think). 

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Post  Marc Iverson on 5/13/2014, 12:19 am

I'd be more likely to pinch off flowers and fruits if I had a long growing season than a short one, and if I had an indeterminate tomato rather than a determinate one.
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Post  camprn on 5/13/2014, 6:52 am

I agree, pinch blooms now and make sure to prune out any suckers. This should promote a bit more root growth which will make for a healthier plant. The plants will make more blooms soon.

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