I'm so sorry. I was trying to make Dr. Jones cry.Great, I'm going to cry. So how exactly are you staking the tomatoes? I of course have cages. I've also been removing suckers but have not seen the kind of growth that you are.
I should maybe post this in the gardening thread but here goes...
I've always caged my tomatoes, but thought to try staking instead this year. Anybody wanna buy 16 gently-used galvanized steel square tomato cages? I've never had such insanely healthy and productive plants. I was worried that removing the suckers would limit production (due to fewer potential flower bracts). Instead, the bracts are dizzyingly multi-branched with impossible numbers of fruit. I just counted one of the 3-branched bracts on a SunGold cherry tomato plant: there are nearly 70 flowers and nascent fruit, and the thing is still developing. The plant itself has topped its 5-foot stake. And so far NO yellowing or otherwise blighted leaves. Of course, no ripe tomatoes yet, either, but when they start coming it's going to be a deluge.
p.s. It's officially BLT season.
I drove a 6-ft stake next to each plant, and I've been loosely tying the main stem every foot or so as they grow. The real beauty of the system is the improved air circulation around the plants, which is preventing fungal growth on the leaves. I keep meaning to take/post pictures.
PS Should we ask an Admin to move this to the Gardening thread?