We have some indeterminate tomatoes (Cherokee Purples), which are
growing well (knock on wood), and producing a lot of flowers, and (so
far) some fruits. We cut a tree this year, so have actual SUN in the
garden - a new experience.
Some of the flowers seem quite close together. I'm wondering if it
would make sense to pinch some of these off now (zone 5+). My
'reasoning' is that this would (a) avoid crowding, and (b) 'direct more
energy' (as they say) to the remaining fruits.
I didn't find much about this with Google. (Which may be a skill-set
Thinning may give fewer larger fruit but will not improve the overall yield
or alter flavour. It is usually done to avoid overloading the branches (on
fruit trees) or to produce specimen produce (eg giant pumpkins), such as are
entered into shows. Are you just experimenting for fun or looking for a
Typically, thinning is done by picking the young fruit, not flowers.
This seems as if it would make more sense with determinate tomatoes than
with indeterminate, like the Cherokee Purple. With determinate tomatoes,
you have a better idea of the ultimate size of the harvest, and can
adjust accordingly. Whereas, with an indeterminate, if you pick one off,
the vine will just set another.
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