Pinching back plants typically forces new foliage to form along the stem of the plant. It results in dense, compact foliage that improves the appearance of your plants. For garden vegetables like tomatoes this causes the plants to become 'stocky' and discourages tall spindly growth, getting them ready for transplanting to the garden in the spring.
Pinch back tomato seedlings for stocky plants.
The decision to pinch back my tomato seedlings is always wrought with a bit of hesitation. I know that it is needed, but somehow pinching out healthy new leaves never feels quite right. I bit the bullet yesterday and pinched back all my cherry tomato seedlings and assured them it was for their own good. They had reached a height of six inches and I knew it was time.
If you are growing vegetable seedlings inside this spring, don't skip this important step in preparing them for the garden.
How to Pinch Back Tomato Seedlings
Until next time . . . HAPPY GARDENING!
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