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Tomatoes - pinching out

Posted: 04/09/2012 at 16:54

ok cool. well, if the forecast is right and it'll be warm for the next few weeks, hopefully that'll ripen everything!


Tomatoes - pinching out

Posted: 04/09/2012 at 15:28

I know this question's often asked... but when do you pinch out the tops of your plants?

My various vine tomato plants are generally 5 - 6 ft tall currently, with on average about four/five trusses with tomatoes on, starting to ripen now. clearly fresh flowers are still coming too but, realistically - even with warm temperatures now forecast in the SE of England for the next few weeks - should I pinch out so the plant concentrates on the fruit already there?

Also, do you pinch out black russians? the fruit on these seems somewhat more randomly spread, not in obvious trusses, plus the stems have divided into two and three some cases so there are potentially several tops to pinch out.

thanks all!


Posted: 20/08/2012 at 13:37

yes, have got all my tom plants in decent size pots with drainage holes. i'm generally reasonably cautious about watering but i suppose the plant could have got infected by something during one of the summer's various wet spells. ah well, i'm not too fussed. more interested in how my black russians now do...


Posted: 18/08/2012 at 10:29

Right, italophile, since you were curious about my Sungold with stem rot...

As per the photos earlier in the thread, above this point on the stem, the plant actually looked healthy - but it had clearly stopped growing and was noticeably smaller than all my other plants.

I realised that the soil was staying wet too - i.e. the roots just didn't seem to be absorbing anything when watering.

Anyway, have chucked the plant. Do you think I need to chuck the pot too - could it be one of those fungi that supposedly can survive winter etc? Mind you, I never got round to isolating this plant and the others all look ok *tempting fate*



Posted: 15/08/2012 at 07:49

No, this is the first time I've tried any 'black' variety so will let you know what I think!

They seem to be doing well although like I say have never had any trouble with pollination before so interesting just with this variety. I have found (dont know whether this is normal!) that the stems on a few of them have branched out so there are in effect two or three main ones!

Initially I thought I'd failed to spot a sucker but it really is that the stem has sort of 'forked'!

On a related note I, erm, did clearly neglect to pinch out side shoots on some of the other plants but they've got so big they've now started to flower! Should I still cut them off at the pass?


Posted: 14/08/2012 at 20:35

Ok, thanks v much for your help as usual!

The cat facing makes sense as it's the black russians that have had some flowers dying - some maybe for some reason it's a variety that doesn't self-pollinate as well. i've been tapping the flowers a bit and they do have fruit on the way.

With the stem rotten Sungold, since there are some fruit on it, should i just leave it or is it a risk to the other plants? Will remember to take a photo...



Posted: 14/08/2012 at 19:53

Right, I'd appreciate some help with a few further tomato issues I'm having!

First of all, one of the Sungold plants is half the height of the others and the stem is going a rather nasty shade of brown. Stem rot?

 The plant itself does have fruit, not that much though. Should I give up on it? I wondered whether repotting it and burying some of the healthy stem to give out more roots would help? Pic of whole plant below.

 Then, on a completely different note, am growing Black Russians for the first time which I'm quite excited about. Generally, they're doing okay I think. But one plant (below) has got some fruit which are looking very nice (e.g. on the right) but some which are all misshapen at the base. It doesn't look like bottom end rot, nor does it quite look like they've split from inconsistent watering. Maybe they fill out?!



Posted: 09/08/2012 at 12:33

curses, i hoped you might say they were allergic to them or something...

i'm not quite sure how i could get cages sorted. don't suppose you know if there's something i could use as a deterrent?


Posted: 09/08/2012 at 11:12

Gah, I just saw a squirrel rummaging around one of my tom plants this morning. And we have loads of squirrels in our garden! Are they likely to cause any damage / problems?


Posted: 06/08/2012 at 16:00

hah, ok, wasn't sure about the baking soda thing anyway.

interesting re the flowers. i did wonder about non-pollination but wasn't sure as have never seen that happen before (but had read about it). it doesn't sound like any fungi / bacteria would specifically attack the flowers in this way so makes sense to me...

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