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Removing shoots on tomato plants

Posted Aug 23 2009 10:01pm

Removing side shoots is necessary on cordon tomato plants.

Bush types require no shoot removal, but cordon types do.

The side shoots are little shoots that grow between the stem of the plant and the main leaves. These shoots should be pinched out, or cut out.

tomato-shoot

tomato-shoot

Don’t confuse these with the shoots that don’t have leaves, as these are the shoots that produce flowers & fruit.

tomato-shoot&flower

tomato-shoot&flower

The bunch of yellow tomato flowers is called a truss. They will wither and drop off, leaving a little green tomatoes behind, and the truss is said to be set.

2-trusses-on-tomato

2-trusses-on-tomato

Stop cordon plants growing by pinching the top out, when two leaves are produced past the fourth (outside) or sixth (indoor) truss.

Removing side shoots cordon tomato plants is necessary to keep them under control .

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