Well my photo diary of the Tomato Chronicles has just payed off. I walked into the greenhouse Saturday morning and was surprised by how few little growths I could see that needed pinching. I felt triumphant at first, thinking I had trained the plantlings well. That I had made them realize that their energy would be better spent in growing lots of little blossoms that would soon give rise to juicy, tasty tomato globes. Ha! I was so wrong…
But first things first. This was last week’s tomato status pic:
And here is this week’s update:
And again for the side-by-side comparison:
They’ve pretty much been doubling in size every week. It’s pretty crazy to see and honestly really fun to follow the progress through this blog series.
But back to the growths that need pinching. I showed you guys this picture last week.
That little leaf popping up between the main stalk and the side branch is what needs to be pinched off. If you let it grow you end up with a plant that has more than one main stalk. It ends up getting bushy and leafy and produces less fruit since so much energy goes into growing those secondary stalks. Well what I didn’t realize is that in less than a week a little leaf like that can turn into this:
Yea… woops… In my defense I have photographic evidence thanks to this blog that that leaf/branch wasn’t there when I was doing my primping and pruning last week. All that growth went down during the work week while I was away. I wasn’t sure how my mother-in-law was going to feel about these twin-headed beauties.
She actually came back from the Czech Republic last night and her first stop when she arrived home was the greenhouse. Luckily she was quite pleased with the state of affairs in the garden. As for our double-stalked friends, she said we could just pinch the tips of the secondary stalks. They would still bear fruit but not grow out any further and weaken the plants. So all’s well that ends well and we should be looking forward to some tomatoes in a few weeks…