[Market-farming] Cherry Tomatoes in Hoop Building

Bill Shoemaker wshoemak at illinois.edu
Wed Feb 18 11:06:44 EST 2009

Tomatoes will respond to topping by pushing lateral branches, which will grow out and produce just like the leader shoots. You can top the plants, let the laterals (like suckers) begin to push out, then select a couple on each leader shoot and remove the rest. If you do it low, they will grow up within the cage, or can be trained into the cage. If the leaders are done producing, you can strip the remaining foliage on them once the new shoots start to produce foliage. The new foliage will be more effective in supporting the plant and the new fruit clusters.


>how about topping cherry tomatoes? I've never done it but usually 
>wind up withing I did since they seem to go up 8ft in the cages and 
>then come down 8ft on the outside but I have no idea what topping 
>would do to fruiting. -Allan in WV
William H Shoemaker, UI-NRES
Sr Research Specialist, Food Crops
St Charles Horticulture Research Center
535 Randall Road  St Charles, IL  60174
630-584-7254; FAX-584-4610

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