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    Default Tomatoes - five trusses

    My tomato plants have a low down truss with flowers, but none of the trusses
    above have flowers. Do I wait for the plant to grow more trusses that have flowers,
    or do the trusses I have develop flowers later , meaning I can pinch out the growing
    point?

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    The trusses always start flowering from the bottom first. The flower trusses will further up will start flowering as well though, dont worry.
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    What variety are they Pete? It's quite early to be pinching the growing tip of a cordon variety,I'd wait for more flowers you could develop seven or more trusses,it's only June. Tomatoes are growing well in this weather. Have you been pinching out the side shoots but don't if it's a bush variety?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jungle Jane View Post
    What variety are they Pete? It's quite early to be pinching the growing tip of a cordon variety,I'd wait for more flowers you could develop seven or more trusses,it's only June. Tomatoes are growing well in this weather. Have you been pinching out the side shoots but don't if it's a bush variety?
    It's Shirley.
    Yes I've been pinching out side shoots.
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    How much height have you got? I personally don't stop the plant until it reaches the top of the greenhouse. Depending upon the variety this can mean anywhere between four and eight trusses on a single cordon.

    How many of the trusses produce ripe tomatoes depends upon the weather and the cultivar. In 2013 I was picking Pink Brandywine right through until late November.

    I also let some sideshoots grow which generates more trusses. You have to be willing to strip off the leaves to let the sunshine on the fruit and make sure that there's plenty of air movement.

    I think the reason that we grow indeterminate varieties on a single cordon in the UK is because of the lack of sunlight and growing them up high in greenhouses. If you look how they are grown in the USA, they tend to grow them in cages without any pruning.
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    "You have to be willing to strip off the leaves to let the sunshine on the fruit "
    Could you explain which leaves you strip off please? At the bottom, at the top?

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    You always strip the leaves below the fruit that has already ripened. Although I do tend to thin out the foliage if its very dense. Its a learning curve really.
    Tomatoes are tough so dont be afraid to experiment.
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    I stopped my first one today 5 trusses 6ft high a Sungold
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