Last year my tomatoes were over 2 feet tall before they started
Somebody told me not to repot from 4 inch to their final place until
they start to flower, but I can't find any info on this on the web. In
fact, all I can find is the discussion as to whether or not to remove
the first flowers.
Can anybody clarify the situation?
That sounds like bad advice to me. The plants probably will start to
flower from the stress of being potbound, but they'll also be stunted.
Then you plant them in the ground and while they are trying to grow out
of it, they have the added stress of carrying a few little 'maters.
That can't be good for the total harvest, even if it bumps it up a week.
I meant if the flower sets fruit too early you will get a few big
tomatoes on a tiny bush, all the energy goes toward making the
tomatoe, not growing the plant, and a small plant can't spare the
energy to do both. I snip off early fruit if the plant is too small,
unless it's a cherry variety. Once a plant gets to a certain size, it
can power doing both as you say.
If you in a whose got a bigger tomatoe plant contest, just snip all
the flowers off and see what happens!
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