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Heirloom Vegetable Plants

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What do you think of heirloom vegetable plants? I have a tomato with lots of foliage and too little flowers. I used a liquid fertilizer. Should I be pulling suckers out to let the tomatoes grow? Janice, Niantic, CT

Mort's Answer:
If you pull too many leaves, they could get sun scald. This would result in the tomato having a bleached color. Liquid fertilizer has a disproportionate amount of nitrogen to phosphorus. Excess nitrogen can cause brown bottoms on the tomatoes. Pulling the middle branch on the W to make a Y branch will work, but leave some shading for your fruit. Apply a tablespoon of 5-10-10 granular fertilizer now to compensate for the excess nitrogen. Heirloom plants are excellent for true replication of the progeny. Many folks favor collecting seeds from the parents for this reason. Seeds from hybrids are only 50% like the parents. Hybrids are bred for various beneficial characteristics. I like both. The proof is in the tasting. Some folks would never trade a center slice of Beefsteak for anything, including sex.

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