Friday, May 30, 2008

Tumbling Tom

I sowed these yellow tumbling tom tomatoes indoors in February and transplanted them two weeks ago after hardening them off for several weeks. They took off growing from the start!

tumbling tom tomato plants

There is already a baby tomato growing on one of the plants.

tumbling tom tomato

When you grow cascading tomatoes, you do not pinch off the extraneous shoots that grow between the main stem and side shoots. When you grow staked tomatoes, you do pinch off these shoots to ensure the plant has only one main stalk. This helps focus the energy toward fruit production and away from producing stalks. This is not necessary with cascaders, because they are not expending energy growing upward, but outward. You want a big bushy cascader filled with fruit!

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