Experts also say that sickly plants should be given the opportunity to get healthy before allowing them to begin the sexual cycle. This can be done by pinching off the first blossoms to allow all the nutrients to flow into the growth of the plant. Obviously, we don't want our plant’s energy going into making fruit before energy has been devoted solely to forming strong stems and healthy foliage. In my opinion, a larger more robust plant can better support the fruits to come.
Some other worthwhile advice is to prune the lowest leaves off the plant . . . those that are touching the ground or within a few inches of the ground. This will prevent them from touching the ground and coming in contact with pests and diseases that may infect the plant.