Okay, I usually chop the flowers off my VFTs BUT I read Don Schnell's book a month or so ago.. in there, he mentioned that if you cut a scape/stalk off before the first flower opens, it will trick the plant into thinking (well, technically KNOWING) that the flower didn't work out, and thus rather than "save" your plants the trouble of the whole flowering process, it will effectively increase the "stress" put on them
I seem to recall this actually happening to me last year- I thought it was just a fluke, but after reading about it, I have a feeling it's probably bang-on. I'm pretty sure I had a single plant that sent out another stalk after I mucked with the first one, but not absolutely positive... (and I do some weird stuff with my VFTs so I DO like to help by chopping the stalks off, but if it makes it worse, then I don't know)
Any thoughts on this??