To get a good harvest of tomatoes, you need to spend a lot of time and effort. Each gardener uses his own technique in accordance with his knowledge and experience.
Such agrotechnical techniques include pinching tomatoes. It is only suitable for regular tomatoes that form only one stem.
As this stem grows, young shoots called stepchildren are formed in the leaf axils. They must be removed in order to accelerate the formation and ripening of tomatoes. If tomatoes are not pinched on time, then the plant will grow only in height and in width, forming many shoots, and not ovaries and flowers. Then there is no need to wait for the harvest.
It is recommended to do pickling of tomatoes from the very early morning, since it is at this time that they best tolerate this procedure. As a rule, pinching is carried out when the plant gets stronger, and young shoots reach a length of at least 7 centimeters.
Patching is performed without the use of any cutting tools. The stepchildren simply break off their hands by diverting the escape to the side. In this case, one should not cut off the stepson at the very "root". It is highly recommended to leave a small post about 2 to 3 centimeters long.
You should not pinch tomatoes if they have not taken root completely after transplanting or are not sufficiently strong. In this case, pinching will not bring positive results.