This is a quick knol that provides pictures to help you identify the sucker. They are often removed to focus growth on one main tomato stem and to prevent over-growth. You don't have to remove them. Removing suckers is a method of tending your tomato plants. You will still get a ton of tomatoes.
Identifying and Removing Tomato Suckers: In Pictures
I tend my tomatoes by removing bottom growth and thin them out by removing suckers. I might run a future experiment where I actually tend a single vine up a pole and remove every sucker. That is what you read often in books, but I rarely have that much time to get every sucker.
|My Finger is Pointing Directly at the Sucker.|
|Removed! You can See the Nub.|
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