I was out looking at the tomatoes yesterday and I noticed that they all have their first buds. We have had a cold spring so far so this was a welcome surprise. In the past I have always pulled the first flowers off and let the plant grow. After a little research about this there seems to be no consensus so I have decided to leave them on for now. The plants should be old enough and big enough to survive with them on and if not I’m sure the plant will drop the flowers.