Removal of tomato suckers is a matter of personal preference, and somewhat depends on the way the tomatoes are grown. I never remove the suckers on my tomato plants, and see no delay in fruiting from it. In fact, there can be an advantage to leaving the suckers on: They prevent sunscalded fruits by shading them from the hot sun. If you grow your tomatoes on a single pole trellising system, you may want to remove suckers to make it easier to tie them up to the support.
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