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Cutting side shoots of tomatoes

Encouraging tomatoes to grow tall and produce fruit

Tomatoes, if left to their own devices will grow into a large, unruly bush. Instead of this we want to encourage the plant to grow like a vine, putting most of its energy into producing lots of fruit, not just lots of green foliage.

Each week, I’ll check between the stems and leaves of each tomato plant for side shoots, pinching them out when I find them. If they get really big, I will use a sharp knife to cut them off.

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Also, I will cut off a couple of the bottom leaves of each plant to allow more air to flow around them. This will help stop the spread of disease and allow more sunlight to get to the fruit to ripen them.

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