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PostPosted: Sat Aug 28, 2010 12:05 pm    Post subject: Topping tomato plants? Reply with quote

Hi
I have several tomato plants in a greenhouse, all producing masses of fruit but should I cut the straggly leggy tops off the plants and will this prevent the green toms ripening?
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 30, 2010 11:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

it is no harm to cut off the tops and it wont affect the ripening of your green tomatoes
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 30, 2010 7:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Many thanks.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 05, 2010 10:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have also seen (and used) the advice that along with the tops, cut out the bottom tiers of leaves as they will be starting to wilt and also cut away leaves that shade the toms from the sun. Cutting off extra foliage concentrates the plants' energies into ripening the fruit. I did all this a couple of weeks ago and have seen quite quick ripening of my tomato crop.
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