i just planted my tomato plants a couple of weeks ago . the plants are not big . i read to pinch off the blossoms for a bit untill the plant gets bigger...so i just went out and did this..now i am wondering if i did the right thing...lol...did i?
I have several tomato plants growing. A couple of them started blossoming when the plant was very small, so I cut them off. I think, (and correct me if I'm wrong, please), that the reason for cutting off blossoms is to let the growing energy concentrate on the plant for a sturdier plant and it will produce more blossoms. I have lots tomatoes on the plants and can't wait until they finally ripen!! The temps here in TN have been in the low to mid 80's this week, so I'm hoping to get some soon!
I will usually do that also - if the plants is not real big yet, but starts blossoming, I pinch off the blossoms. You are correct that you want the plant to put its energy into making a larger, stronger plant before it diverts its energy into growing the tomatos. I also will trim off the bottom leaves that are not producers so that the plants energy doesn't go into leaves that won't end up producing anything.
I learn something new everyday! I didn't know about the pinching. I've got a couple of tomato plants that seem to be growing really slowly. They are short and have blossoms. I'll go give em a pinch and see what happens. Thanks!