Strange branches on tomato plant


I have some tomato plants that have a branch coming off the main stem with flowers on and at the end of the branch is what looks like a seperate branch with leaves on. The additional (continuation) branch has a thicker stem and typically grows in an upward direction.

Is there any action I should be taking - trim the branch at the end of the flowers maybe?





  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 11,279

    Some varieties are prone to this. Just trim the shoot off after the last flower.

    It's not a mess, it's a nature reserve.
  • XX Posts: 707

    Mine do this occasionally SandLake, I just cut the extra branch/stem off, leaving the flowers.

  • SandLakeSandLake Posts: 23

    Thanks very much for those replies - I have now cut off the extended branches

  • ItalophileItalophile Posts: 1,647

    SandLake, what variety is it?

  • SandLakeSandLake Posts: 23

    Two varieties, Gardeners Delight and Belriccio, they are grafted plants I got from Suttons

  • ninnin Posts: 156

    I have this problem with my black Russian toms a shoot with flowers then leaves at the end not sure if i should leave the leaves or not . Its not a side shoot but not really a flowering fruiting shoot its just odd but then so are the flowers they look more like minature dalia flowers than tom flowers.

    I am falling in love with my Black Russian its so unusual and the most amazing Tomato it lives in my bedroom , and gets more attention than my husband.

    I think i will go home today and trim my Tomatoes leaves.

  • ItalophileItalophile Posts: 1,647

    nin, any chance of a photo? I can't quite follow what you're seeing.

  • bigolobbigolob Posts: 127

    I was given some Black Russian seedlings 2 years ago and grew them to fruiting. Not only did they look unattractive alongside our usual Toms but the flavour was awful and left an unpleasant after taste in the mouth.

    Never again!!

  • ItalophileItalophile Posts: 1,647

    bigolob, there is a lot of mixing up of names with Black Russian toms. There's also a Russian Black. Seeds and plants for one are often distributed as the other. How big was the fruit on your BR?

    All of the "black" varieties - and there are many of them - tend to polarise people. Some  love them, a lot hate them. I think they're an acquired taste. There are plenty of other toms I'd grow in front of them.

  • SandLakeSandLake Posts: 23


     Here is a picture of one of these branches I found this morning an a Gardenrers Delight

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