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24/06/2013 at 12:49


I have some tomato plants that have a branch coming off the main stem with flowers on and at the end of the branch is what looks like a seperate branch with leaves on. The additional (continuation) branch has a thicker stem and typically grows in an upward direction.

Is there any action I should be taking - trim the branch at the end of the flowers maybe?



24/06/2013 at 13:00

Some varieties are prone to this. Just trim the shoot off after the last flower.

24/06/2013 at 17:18

Mine do this occasionally SandLake, I just cut the extra branch/stem off, leaving the flowers.

25/06/2013 at 09:29

Thanks very much for those replies - I have now cut off the extended branches

25/06/2013 at 10:03

SandLake, what variety is it?

25/06/2013 at 13:36

Two varieties, Gardeners Delight and Belriccio, they are grafted plants I got from Suttons

01/07/2013 at 18:08

I have this problem with my black Russian toms a shoot with flowers then leaves at the end not sure if i should leave the leaves or not . Its not a side shoot but not really a flowering fruiting shoot its just odd but then so are the flowers they look more like minature dalia flowers than tom flowers.

I am falling in love with my Black Russian its so unusual and the most amazing Tomato it lives in my bedroom , and gets more attention than my husband.

I think i will go home today and trim my Tomatoes leaves.

01/07/2013 at 19:49

nin, any chance of a photo? I can't quite follow what you're seeing.

02/07/2013 at 19:00

I was given some Black Russian seedlings 2 years ago and grew them to fruiting. Not only did they look unattractive alongside our usual Toms but the flavour was awful and left an unpleasant after taste in the mouth.

Never again!!

02/07/2013 at 20:19

bigolob, there is a lot of mixing up of names with Black Russian toms. There's also a Russian Black. Seeds and plants for one are often distributed as the other. How big was the fruit on your BR?

All of the "black" varieties - and there are many of them - tend to polarise people. Some  love them, a lot hate them. I think they're an acquired taste. There are plenty of other toms I'd grow in front of them.

13/07/2013 at 11:45

 Here is a picture of one of these branches I found this morning an a Gardenrers Delight

13/07/2013 at 12:18

Mine are doing that too. If you've got lots of room, you could tie it to a stake and let it grow, or just pinch it off after the last flower.

gardeners delight are a bit prone to that. Lovely tasting toms though.

13/07/2013 at 13:37

I grow Gardeners Delight every year, and they are very prone to this, I just cut them off, no good the goodness going to the extra leaves.

13/07/2013 at 21:27

Yep, my gardeners delight are doing the same.  I've also found them side-shooting like crazy, it's a daily job pinching them out.

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