Side shoot on a tomato

How To Pinch Out The Side-Shoots On Your Cordon Tomatoes

Increase your tomato crop by pinching out the side shoots

It is really important to pinch out the side shoots of cordon tomatoes as leaving them to grow will seriously reduce your yield. The plant will concentrate on producing a lot of growth instead of concentrating on producing fruit.

 

 

The side shoots grow in the axil between the stem and the leaf; just nip off between thumb and forefinger.

Check for side shoots at least twice a week as in the height of the growing season they grow extremely fast.

Once your tomato has got 5 trusses of fruit nip out the growing tip of the plant; it will then concentrate its energy into filling and ripening the fruit.

Don’t forget to water evenly or else the fruit will split; and keep feeding weekly with a high potash fertiliser, such as Tomorite. Feeding will ensure maximum fruit production and help guard against blossom end rot.

If you like growing fruit and vegetables read the blogs: 'How to utilise a glut of tomatoes', 'How to grow fruit in small spaces and containers on a limited budget' and 'What vegetables can I grow in containers and small spaces?'


 

Angela Slater
Daughter of a farmer so always used to producing something from the earth, whether it was animals or garden produce. Along with my work at Hayes Garden World I also have a smallholding, mainly breeding rare breed pigs. I also keep a few hens and grow vegetables for my own personal use. I gained a BSc in Conservation and Environmental Land Management. As a result of this I have a keen interest in environmentally friendly gardening.