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Old April 18, 2020   #1
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Default Transplant Tomatoes Question

Started tomatoes from seed and just now transplanting in my Greenhouse. Many have flowers already. Do I want to pinch them off? Or should I just leave them? I think I have seen a topic on this but can't find it.
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Old April 18, 2020   #2
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It depends on how big the plants are.
Last year I bought plants that already had blossoms.
I put them in containers outside may 8th.
June 15th I was eating my 1st tomato.
If the plants are too puny I would pluck the blossoms.
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Old April 19, 2020   #3
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I've always found the flavour to be a bit lacking until the plants develop a decent root system.
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Old April 19, 2020   #4
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Conventional wisdom says to pull off the blossoms so the plant can put more of it's energy into growing.

That said, I don't.
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I don't pull them either. I've waited so long that I'm not going to sacrifice ANY tomatoes!

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If the tomatoes have not been transplanted and show a blossom, I pick them off. My idea is for the new plant to develop a root system first then fruit. After transplanting into the garden if a stray flower shows up after a couple of weeks I let it go. Science be darned, I want a tomato as soon as possible.
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Old April 20, 2020   #7
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Default Sun Gold Flowers

Many of the flowers are on Sun Gold, which have been growing at an amazing rate as compared to "other" tomatoes. Does this affect you responses?
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Old April 21, 2020   #8
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For sungold it should be fine to leave them. For anything big, I remove them. The loss of total production is not worth a few days earlier tomatoes for me.
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I have to agree with Zipcode.

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Old April 28, 2020   #10
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For a few years now, the first tomato I got was from a plant that had a lower before it went in the ground. To me that first fruit is a major milestone, plenty of time later for the perfect taste.
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I agree with Labrodors2. I love seeing those first blossoms and never pull them off.
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If you have multiples of the same variety, you could always do your own experiment and pull the blossoms off of some and leave them on others, then draw your own conclusion...
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