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Charles_Dimmock
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 29, 2010 9:10 am    Post subject: Tomato advice Reply with quote

I have 3 tomato plants doing rather well in terms of flowering. I've been shaking them regularly to ensure polination.

I've been reading a lot of topics on the subject of nipping or pinching the top of the plant to encourage fruit to ripen.

As a novice i'm confused as to what this means.

My plants are quite leafy, would it damage the plant if I was to pick and prune the plant?
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 02, 2010 12:38 pm    Post subject: Toms Reply with quote

Hi Charles

I've been growing a few tomatoes on a window ledge (I also have some outside that are doing really well this year Smile They need a regular supply of water and feed as they are in small pots.

I'm nipping the tops off after four trusses have appeared ( the parts where the fruit grows) It would normally be 5 for me if I grew them in a tunnel. This will give the fruit that are growing more energy as the plant isn't intent on growing to the ceiling. There will be less tomatoes but bigger....

We have a short growing time here in Ireland, if we were in hotter climates they could be left to sprawl.

You will also get a feel for the sideshoots as they appear, just nip them off with your fingers. They grow from the joint of the leaf on the stem

I have also taken off the bottom leaves as they were too big and going yellow. It makes watering a lot easier too..

Ian



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PostPosted: Sun Jul 04, 2010 4:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote



Do you guys think I should take some of the leaves off or maybe even the branches?
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 04, 2010 6:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am a firm believer in leaving the leaves on while they are still green and the fruit is small and developing. Take some of the leaves off when the fruit on the lower trusses is big and beginning to change colour to yellow and red and the leaves them selves are more yellow than green.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 05, 2010 10:56 am    Post subject: wind Reply with quote

My outdoor toms took a bit of a battering yesterday in the wind. The supports snapped and they fell over.
Thankfully they are sturdy specimens so no real harm done.

Being out of doors the leaves have more room to spread as opposed to the window ledge inside. It's a good job the bottom leaves are healthy as they seem to have supported the plants when they fell over.



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