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    I was planning to take cuttings of my Tomatoes at the end of this season, with a view to them being next year's starter-plants ... but mine are covered with whitefly and the leaves look in bad shape, so think I would prefer not to risk carrying over any pathogens ...
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    Mine are in the tunnel borders so was just gonna lop them down at ground level or maybe just above, give them a dose of FBM & insulate with hay............nothing ventured, nothing gained.
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    Here's one I prepared earlier!

    January 2014 - Shirley plants sown in March 2013, on the sitting room windowsill:
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    The 2 plants on the right in the above photo are on the right in this one, taken in April:
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    Here are the same 2 plants (on the right) in July:
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    And again at the start of September - beginning to look just a little tired:
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    What I have done here is allow the plants to grow until they are in danger of touching the ceiling, which is 1 or 2 trusses, then pinch out the tops. I allow any low down sideshoots to develop but pinch out the higher up ones. When all the fruit on one branch has been harvested I cut it down to a low sideshoot.

    The plants are in 3l pots and have not been repotted since last spring. They are fed occasionally. Tomato numbers are not huge (hardly surprising) and last winter was very mild, but it shows that it can be done.
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    Cheers P, I was awaiting your input as it was your previous posts that inspired me to give it a go.........So, if it goes belly up, it's all your fault..............
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    Mine are in a centrally heated room, which is rather different from an unheated greenhouse or tunnel. Will be very interesting to see how you get on.
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    Count me in, I have a sweet millions cherry that I will overwinter, will it be ok in an unheated greenhouse?
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    Quote Originally Posted by treepixie View Post
    will it be ok in an unheated greenhouse?
    That's the difficult bit Try out in the greenhouse protected in some way - or inside on the windowledge, and keep pruning.....................

    I think we're all trying different ways to keep them alive

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    I've got two spare plants growing in flower buckets one in the garden the others in the kitchen window so if I leave them both indoors over winter so I need to trim them or anything ?

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