Tomatos on the way - but a problem with a snapped plant

Morning all,

Thanks for all the help on my previous thread about planting too many tomato plants in a grow bag. After taking the leap to separate these all into 30cm pots a few weeks ago we have around 10 healthy plants and a good number of fruits starting to grow the last few days.

Last night got quite wet and windy and I woke this morning to find one of the better plants for fruit development has broken its main truss. 

The top part has a good dozen or so fruits growing.

Can it be saved if I re-plant the broken off element will it grow new roots or should I give up on it?

Thanks :) 

Steve

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  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 24,400
    I'd say it's a gonner and not worth doing anything with, although you can remove the fruits and ripen them in the house.
    I'm assuming the rest of the plant is fine, and this was a side branch you're talking about?
    It's really important to make sure any climbing plant is well supported and tied in though. It's all a learning curve, Steve  ;)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 54,437
    ... and if they don’t ripen indoors (and sometimes they’re just perverse) there’s always green tomato chutney or even fried green tomatoes with your bacon and eggs 😋 
    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh







  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 24,400
    Nothing worse than a perverse tomato, Dove  ;)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • stevek_bathstevek_bath Posts: 14
    Alas no it's the top third or so of the main truss. 
    It was tied up to a bamboo cane but annoyingly broke right where the garden tie was holding the truss to the cane - it had become a little top heavy with the fruits. 

    A learning curve indeed - but at least have some lovely large heritage tomatos growing on the next plant over. 
  • stevek_bathstevek_bath Posts: 14
    ... and if they don’t ripen indoors (and sometimes they’re just perverse) there’s always green tomato chutney or even fried green tomatoes with your bacon and eggs 😋 
    Suspect the fruits are too small and new to develop that much further indoors. They're only about half the size of marbles so far. I think probably best to write this plant off. 
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 54,437
    Hey ho ... that’s gardening. 🙄 

    A few weeks ago the lucky on my little wooden greenhouse crashed down  snapping the main stems on two of my Sungold plants ... fortunately after a bit of time each has grown new sideshoots and I’ve been able to train one on each plant to replace the lead shoot ... they’ve nearly caught up with the other plants ... so all may not be lost. 
    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh







  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 24,400
    That's a pity, Steve. As you say, you have others there so not a complete disaster, especially considering the less than brilliant start you had with them!
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • stevek_bathstevek_bath Posts: 14
    Fairygirl said:
    That's a pity, Steve. As you say, you have others there so not a complete disaster, especially considering the less than brilliant start you had with them!
    Quite so - if only my strawberry and pepper plants (where I actually did everything right) were thriving as well as my poor abused tom plants.
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