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PostPosted: Tue May 03, 2011 8:14 am    Post subject: tomato pruning Reply with quote

would it be ok to cut off the stem with the yellow x and leave the one with red x as the main stem because there is some flowers on it i think it is a indeterminant type growing indoors


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PostPosted: Tue May 03, 2011 10:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I always nip those side stems out until the plant gets to the height I need.
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PostPosted: Tue May 03, 2011 3:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

the one with the yellow x is whats known as a truss and these side shoots should be removed
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PostPosted: Thu May 05, 2011 7:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

thanks for the replys
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PostPosted: Thu May 05, 2011 10:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

the yellow X is a side shoot and should be removed, the truss is the cluster of flowers just above the red X and should not be removed.
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PostPosted: Fri May 06, 2011 6:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

thanks michael
i always thought the truss was the side shoot always learning
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PostPosted: Fri May 06, 2011 9:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

we are all learning but we have a good teacher here in michael brenock thanks for all replys
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PostPosted: Sat May 07, 2011 12:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

thank you for the compliment. Every year this problem crops up and many beginners find it hard to distinguish between a side shoot and a truss. I once met a grower who had removed all the trusses as they emerged and was wondering why no fruit was appearing, The problem does not arise with the spreading non climbing varieties.
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PostPosted: Sat May 07, 2011 9:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

On the always learning theme how tall should gardener's delight tomatoes be right now. Mine don't seem to be making any move at all.
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PostPosted: Sat May 07, 2011 9:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

that is a very good and hard question. it would depend on when they were sown, when they were transplanted, growing temperatures, fertility of soil and other factors such as presence or absence of pests and diseases. The plants should be about 10 -12 inches (24-39 cms) in height now. If they have plenty light they will be short jointed, less space between trusses. They will be tall and long jointed if light conditions are poor. Advantage of short jointed plants is there is more fruit per foot of stem. Hope this answers the question.
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PostPosted: Sat May 07, 2011 10:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for your reply Michael. Mine are just about 10cm tall and look very immature. I sowed the seed in Feb. I think I may go to Homebase tommorrow and buy some plants. We ate lettuce tonight that i planted at the same time as the tomatoes. Am very disappointed as I took more care of the tomatoes than of anything else and they are the slowest and I don't they are doing.
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