I just planted my tomatoes, and on the advice of my neighbor, I snipped the first blossoms. After reading other's advice, I think I made a mistake. Will my plants still bear fruit?


I suspect you'll be fine. There are lots of opinions about these things and I'm not sure that any of them is the definitive answer. What I do know is that tomatoes do really well if they have enough warm sunny days and a consistent watering in a healthy soil. Sometimes those first blossoms fall off anyway so I don't think it much matters. I believe the theory is that pinching those off will result in bigger fruit or a stronger plant. I've had big fruit and strong plants before and didn't pinch them off. There are a lot of variables with plants.

I plant my tomato plants sideways in a shallow trench like so:

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I remove all the leaves except the topmost and plant most of that stem in the ground. Sideways allow the plant to heat up more and that will spur the growth. All that stem under the ground will create more roots (beyond those in the original seedling planting medium) and will make the plant grow even better.

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  • I agree. If the tomatoes were recently transplanted they need time to get the roots established and so not a good time to be supporting fruit. Some types of tomatoes (paste tomatoes especially IME) can suffer from blossom end rot which can be caused by lack of water which in turn can be caused by under established roots. Give the plants time to establish a strong root system and you will have more tomatoes that you will know what to do with. – BRM May 15 '13 at 13:54
  • I have removed and not removed the first blossoms, now I don't so I can enjoy fruit more quickly. I do remove all leaves under the first fruits/ – Evil Elf May 15 '13 at 19:50

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