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18/06/2014 at 11:30
Hi everyone! My plum tomatoes are growing and growing and growing. ..! I heard somewhere that I should pinch out the tips, is that right? If it is, then can anyone please tell me how to pinch them out? I'd be very grateful For some help
18/06/2014 at 11:51

You pinch out the growing tip when it has reached the top of the greenhouse or when you have 6 trusses of fruits for outside plants.

Side shoots are removed for corden (straight up) tomato plants, these are found in the leaf axil between the leaf and main stem

18/06/2014 at 11:54
But mine don't have fruits yet, only flowers. Although I can see only 3 tomatoes
18/06/2014 at 11:55

So don't pinch out the tips only remove side shoots

18/06/2014 at 11:57
Ok. Will that make them stop growing like crazy?
18/06/2014 at 12:25

It should stop them from growing out sideways

18/06/2014 at 12:26
Ok Thanks. Can you tell me how tall they get?
18/06/2014 at 13:13

It depends on growing conditions and variety, usually more than 6 foot in a greenhouse

18/06/2014 at 13:16
Oh ok
Thank you for your help Fleurisa. I really appreciate it
18/06/2014 at 14:10

If its Roma, you dont pick out anything, they grow as a bush and wil produce all the tomatoes at the same time. They only grow to about 3ft, but do need staking. 

Maybe yours isnt a Roma, if you know what its called, the internet will tell you if its a determinate type, or


18/06/2014 at 14:16
Hi Lyn, it's a Principe Borghese. What should I do with it?
18/06/2014 at 14:19
I looked on the net, but all I get is seed adverts
18/06/2014 at 14:59

Principe Borghese are a very prolific cropper! They are a bush variety so doesn't need pinching out. I recommend staking them as they tend to fall over as the fruit develops. I hope you will be picking huge quantities soon.

Edit: They should grow to 4-6'

18/06/2014 at 15:01
Thank you Edd! I've staked them today, made a kind of Cage for them. ... I'll post pictures of my harvest (hopefully)
18/06/2014 at 16:24

The commercial growers let them grow in a sloping fashion for many metres.  They have access to optimum feed and warmth and can keep them going far longer than we can.

18/06/2014 at 16:28
I don't have slopes I'm Growing them in pots
19/06/2014 at 23:00
loony gardner wrote (see)
Hi Lyn, it's a Principe Borghese. What should I do with it?

Glad you have sorted it out, usually best to look on the net first if you can, you could have ruined your crop.

21/06/2014 at 05:26
Thank you for your help everyone
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