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Hello fellow permies, I have a sucker question.  I can usually identify suckers.  I'm trying three trellising methods this year, one of which is a string hanging from above that I'll wind around the tomato as it grows.  This requires pruning the suckers.

On one or two tomato varieties, I get forks in the trunk/stem that don't look like suckers.  They don't originate from a leaf crotch.  So are these just a "branching and suckering" variety of tomato?  I guess I'll just add a string for the new branch but I'm worried each of the forks will fork again and then I'll have more trunks then I can deal with.

In the picture, the fork is in the center of the picture and a "normal" sucker is in the upper left.
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If you are pruning to a single stem, then just prune to a single stem, no need to put labels of "sucker" or "branch" on what you are cutting off.

I grow some varieties of tomato that branch at every leaf node, and the branches branch at every leaf node. They are tremendously productive plants.
 
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Thanks Joseph!  So to test my trellising experiment, I'll prune those branches on the single string trellis and let them go wild on the other trellises (trelli?).  
 
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