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OtleyLad



Joined: 13 Jan 2007
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 18, 14 6:38 am    Post subject: When to stop tomatoes?  Reply with quote    

Most of my tommy plants have reached the top of their canes now. I could train them higher with heath robinson strings, etc but was wondering is there a more logical reason to stop them?

Perhaps after a certain number of flowering trusses?
After a certain date (so they have time to ripen)?

What do you do (and does it work )?

Mistress Rose



Joined: 21 Jul 2011
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 18, 14 7:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Think the old rule used to be after 3 or 4 trusses.

OtleyLad



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PostPosted: Wed Jun 18, 14 7:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Mistress Rose wrote:
Think the old rule used to be after 3 or 4 trusses.


Maybe I'm greedy but it doesn't sound like many

Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Wed Jun 18, 14 7:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I don't bother with it either, but it was supposed to produce good tomatoes from the trusses you had.

Shan



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PostPosted: Wed Jun 18, 14 7:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I let them go wild. I like my tomatoes.

Bungo



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PostPosted: Wed Jun 18, 14 8:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Depends on variety too, cherrys ,as many trusses you can get beef tomatoes 4 or 5 ? And on how their planted and what their planted in ?

Piggyphile



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PostPosted: Wed Jun 18, 14 10:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

And time of year and if they are indoors or out. I tend to stop mine a few weeks before the end of the growing season so the ones still small and green have a chance to fatten up and I can pick them before frosts get them

farmershort



Joined: 17 Nov 2010
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Location: Hampshire
PostPosted: Wed Jun 18, 14 2:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

ooooo great topic! I'd been wondering this too!

If this isn't too much of a thread hijack (apologies if it is):

I'm growing:

Dr Carolyn Pink Larger

Giganti Liscio

Green Zebra

Marmande

All of them in a polytunnel (4.5m long) and all of them growing in 10L pots. The Green Zebra are the shortest of the bunch by a long way, but the Giganti and the Dr Carolyn are nearly at the top of the canes..

What exactly do we mean by truss? Flower stems, or leaf pairs up the main stem?

Thanks

Adam

tahir



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PostPosted: Wed Jun 18, 14 2:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

A truss is a cluster of fruit isn't it?

OtleyLad



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PostPosted: Wed Jun 18, 14 2:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

tahir wrote:
A truss is a cluster of fruit isn't it?


That's my interpretation here.

pollyanna



Joined: 03 Nov 2012
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 18, 14 3:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I usually take the flowers off at the beginning of August; and the green tomatoes I don't think will develop/ripen at the beginning of September.

I think green tomato chutney is the food of the Devil, but I appreciate many people rate it highly!

Lloyd



Joined: 24 Jan 2005
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 18, 14 3:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I'm growing two varieties of trailing toms in hanging baskets for the first time this year, and as they are meant to be heavy croppers, am just letting them do their own thing.

dpack



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PostPosted: Wed Jun 18, 14 4:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

some of the older tall varieties are best topped at six trusses ,modern ones often self stop

frewen



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PostPosted: Wed Jun 18, 14 4:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Truss is such a wonderful word.

Nature'sgrafter



Joined: 22 Feb 2012
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Location: Sanday , Orkney
PostPosted: Wed Jun 18, 14 5:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

farmershort wrote:

I'm growing:

Marmande

Adam

adam I hope some one will correct me if im wrong but isn't marmande a bush variety I.E best left to it's own devices.

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