Leggy tumbling bush tomatoes

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Leggy tumbling bush tomatoes

Postby Primrose » Sat May 06, 2017 5:18 pm

I rather over enthusiastically sowed some of these too early and they've become a little leggy. As it's a little too early to plant them out without protection, as they thrive on growing fruit on their side shoots I wonder whether I can safely pinch out their main growing point? I!ve never done this before on tumbling varieties but assume it will merely encourage the side shoots to develop even faster with flowers and fruit?
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Re: Leggy tumbling bush tomatoes

Postby Pa Snip » Sat May 06, 2017 6:18 pm

I figure you are right Primrose, it will just encourage side shoot growth but I can't see where the advantage is by your doing it.
The plants will continue to grow and still be at risk if planted out early. In fact given excessive side growth it may well prove a disadvantage to have pricked the top out.

If it were me I would not prick out, I would plant on deeply to a bigger pot. By deeply I mean well over the lowest leaf set, maybe even the 2nd lowest. Pot on deep and firm.
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Re: Leggy tumbling bush tomatoes

Postby Westi » Sat May 06, 2017 7:18 pm

Agree with Pa, Primrose!

Keep potting them on deeper, sacrifice the lower leaves. Saw Monty do it last night & he didn't even remove the leaves just buried the stem with them on. I always trim the leaves off, but of course they will break down & feed the new root growth a wee bit as well!
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Re: Leggy tumbling bush tomatoes

Postby Geoff » Sat May 06, 2017 9:45 pm

Don't know anything about tumblers.
Monty was quite encouraging last night, I thought my early batch of plants were rubbish until I saw his! Anybody tried planting 15" apart?
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Re: Leggy tumbling bush tomatoes

Postby oldherbaceous » Sun May 07, 2017 6:59 am

I saw his plants too....and also commented to Cook, that planting that close, would make the picking of the back tomatoes, a dirty job!
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Re: Leggy tumbling bush tomatoes

Postby Pa Snip » Sun May 07, 2017 7:15 am

Agree with you OH. Picking, or in fact just general attention to, those back plants would be dirty and smelly

I was surprised to say the least. Surely such close planting is an inducement to potential problems through lack of airflow.

I've practised the deep planting method for many years when plotting on or out. Certainly has worked for me when plants could have ended up weak spirally specimens.
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Re: Leggy tumbling bush tomatoes

Postby Geoff » Sun May 07, 2017 7:59 am

How many simultaneous similar conversations were there? My harvesting assistant said "I'm not picking them if you plant them like that".
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Re: Leggy tumbling bush tomatoes

Postby PLUMPUDDING » Sun May 07, 2017 8:16 am

Tomatoes always root out of whatever stem gets covered with soil so you'll get a sturdier plant by deep planting. You can even shove bits you break off in and they will root readily if you want a few later fruiting ones.

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Re: Leggy tumbling bush tomatoes

Postby tigerburnie » Sun May 07, 2017 12:45 pm

My tumblers are in hanging baskets(well 2 of them are last one is going in next weekend), so I will be able to turn then if I need to.
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