Posted: 05/06/2014 at 15:40
I have several tomato plants growing this year, two in a grow bag, one in a container and another in the ground as part of an experiment to see which method yields the tallest plant. I know it is a bit trivial but it is a sort of a competition I've got going, my Dad's tomato plants are now about 4 feet high.
Anyway, the plant in the container is one of the shortest plants but has the thickest stem, however this stem has somehow how diverged into two. These two stems are growing out horizontally over the container and have plenty of flowers and are beginning to bear fruit. The weight of the stems alone has caused the main stem to spilt as you can see in the photograph. I'm worried that when the fruit starts to grow that the branches will be pulled off under their own weight.
I have put a large cane into the container close to the stem as far down as it will go and have screwed a hook into it. Using twine I have suspended the two stems in a more natural position but I fear it is too late. Should I dab the scar with a bit of hormone powder to get it to knit together? Would that even work?
I look forward to your thoughts and suggestions