Now that all my tomato plants are well settled in their new patio planters and a few in the raised bed, they are really lush with beautiful growth! All that glorious sunshine and certainly the bouts of rain have helped my tomato plants enormously in putting on a great growth spurt.
The varieties I have planted are Sungold, Moneymaker and Gardener’s Delight and they are called indeterminate (it says this on their seed packets). This means that the number of side branches each plant has needs to be limited to enable the plants to direct more energy in producing flowers and then fruit. Any extra side shoots that are growing inbetween the main stem and side branches need to be removed too.
You can see this clearly in the picture below where there are small side shoots growing diagonally.
These simply need to be pinched off gently.
The tomato plants will soon have trusses which are little branches with flowers on them. Once your tomato plants have 5 to 6 flower trusses, you can pinch off the top growing tip of the plants. This limits unnecessary growth of more branches and leaves and helps to direct the plant’s energy into the fruits.
The main stem needs to be supported. I am using canes which I slide into the soil next to the central stem and some hessian string to gently secure the support.
So now that all the pinching has been done in anticipation for some branches laden with juicy tomatoes …yes it’s so easy to visualise summer in my kitchen garden! Enjoy growing your tomatoes too!