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02/08/2013 at 07:21
02/08/2013 at 07:31

Tomatoes that are  growing in pots are growing nicely, but the many leaves put some of the fruit in shadow.  Should any of these leaves be removed?  Help, please, to this tomato growing novice.

02/08/2013 at 07:38

Hi Rosie, tomatoes don't need direct sunshine to ripen, it's the warmth that does that so there's no need to remove leaves for that purpose.  However, it's good practice to remove the lower leaves (below the first truss) to remove the possibility that they will pick up blight spores from the soil when watering.  It's also good practice to remove some leaves higher up to allow the air to circulate around the plant, again to help prevent blight.

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