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  • Here the photos. Just to the right of the flowers, this looks like a sucker that is growing from half way down the branch.

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     I also understand that the fruiting branch grows only from the main stem? Am I wrong? Below pic will show fruiting branch growing from a side branch. This is also the branch that looks like there's a sucker growing half way down.

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  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Leicestershire, UKPosts: 10,754

    Ocassionally a fruiting truss can end in a growing shoot - some varieties are more prone to that than others.  I usually just nip off the growing tip after the last flower if that happens but I have left them to see what happens and a new side branch forms which is fine if you have room to let it grow and it can be supported.

    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • WelshonionWelshonion Posts: 3,114
    I tie farmers' plastic binder twine to the stem of the plant at bottom. Then tie it at the top, to a string running the length of the greenhouse , then wind the string round the stem as it grows.



    PS David, they are called side shoots, not suckers!
  • BoaterBoater Posts: 241

    I have seen the opposite a couple of times too - a flower truss in the usual place which has leaves (but not a full growing tip) beyond the flowers. It's just natures way.

    If you aren't sure about a side shoot, let it grow for a bit until it becomes clear whether it is going to continue producing new shoots and diverting energy from the main plant, or just stop as a branch or flower truss. It is never the end of the world if you end up with a double stem, it's just more efficient if you can get all the side shoots.

    I often leave the topmost side shoots for a few days until I am sure the main growing tip is still going strong (had one stop prematurely once).

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