The tomatoes growing in the SWCs are doing extremely well. The Super Marzanos are much further ahead of the ones growing in the SFG.
I did my first pruning of the suckers on these plants last week. Tomato suckers are the growth that appears in the crotch between the stem and a branch. If left to grow, they will become another main stem with branches, flowers, and tomatoes. The new stems can compete with the original plant for nutrients. Here is a picture of a sucker on the Super Marzano Tomatoes:
I am going to leave a few suckers on these plants, but I want to prune out some of the lower ones. Plus I wanted to see if I could root them. I got the idea from EG at Our Engineered Garden when he mentioned in his blog that he did this for backup tomato plants in case his others didn't make it. The Tomatoes.
I just placed the suckers in a glass of water and within a few days roots began to grow!
I am going to pot this guy up and see how he does. We don't have a long growing season, but I think this one will be able to catch up. The others in the glass haven't formed roots yet, but they were placed in the glass a few days after the first one. It will be fun to experiment.