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The results are in on tomatoes

purplerallimpurplerallim LincolnshirePosts: 1,671
I have been doing an experiment on how to ripen tomatoes.
In my greenhouse there are 10 plants of 5 varieties and after discussions with @Pete8 and others over whether to remove leaves or not decided to continue removing from one set of plants, but leave the leaves of the other. I know this year was odd but as all plants were treated the same as far as heat/water/feed/light I thought it might work. Well even though things have been slow to ripen, all the fruit has come from plants with removed leaves. The leaves from the base to the first truss plus all leaves near a truss, which is about half of them in total removed. These plants are now cropping well.
The other's are behind and yet to ripen, which makes them about two weeks behind.
Not very scientific but these are my results. Now I will be removing most of the leaves hoping they catch up and finish before the end of the season.  
An interesting experiment. πŸ€”

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  • chickychicky SurreyPosts: 8,188
    edited August 2018
    Really interesting, thanks for sharing 😁. I shall continue to remove leaves with confidence that it makes a difference πŸ…πŸ…πŸ…
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  • Pete.8Pete.8 Billericay, EssexPosts: 4,558
    That is interesting.
    An initial thought is possibly that the plant noticed there was less energy (sunlight on the leaves) available to it so it hurried along with the ripening.
    It'll be interesting to see how the yields compare to see if having the leaves left on for longer gives a greater yield, and removing them maybe gives smaller fruits but earlier. It'd be a useful way to avoid the glut!
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  • purplerallimpurplerallim LincolnshirePosts: 1,671
    The slow start means that the fruit yet to ripen on the middle three trusses are of a good size, it's only the top two or three that need to plump up. Hope there is time left to do it.
    You make a good point about slowing production,  it might be worth doing.
  • stewyfizzstewyfizz West BromwichPosts: 161
    I'va always done this and it seems to work to get more fruit and quicker ripening. My experiment this year was pots v growbags. No real difference in plant size or fruit production. But pots needed more water, i guess from higher evaporation rate vs a growbag.
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