This is a very tiny tomato plant to have this size of a tomato. lp said that you pinch the leaf off to the stem. I left half of the leaf on as a shade for the hot sun beating down on the tomato plant and soil. Is there a right or wrong way of doing things in gardening. The plant speaks in many ways. It’s our job to observe and do the best we can as there will always be better ways of doing things that we don’t know about yet.