tomatoes tops broken off

bluedragon2k9(6a)May 13, 2013

ok last night they were calling for frost and so i went out and covered everything i took the plastic off today and some of my bigger tomatoe plants the tops are broken and hanging down on the plants what can i do to save them?

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edweather(Zone 5a/b Central NY)

If they are broken off there is not much that you can do to save the tops, but the plants will live. The good news is that although you might be set back a little, your plants will recover, and you'll now have 2 tops where the one broke off. Last year we had a nasty hail storm and the tops of several of my plants were severed. Ouch! A month or two later you couldn't even tell where the damage was.

    Bookmark   May 13, 2013 at 10:01AM
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i think i might have over reacte the tops are not broken all the way off maybe like msushed i guessu can say has not broke the stem yet but has a lot of play if that helps to picture the situation

    Bookmark   May 13, 2013 at 10:23AM
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My brother broke one of my beefmaster plants completely off about an inch or two above the soil in the pot as we were moving them outside to harden off. Nothing left but a little stump. It has already started regrowing a new tip/stem.

    Bookmark   May 13, 2013 at 10:50AM
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digdirt2(6b-7a No.Cent. AR HZ8 Sun-35)

Are your plants indeterminate varieties or determinates? Makes a big difference in what happens after primary growing tip is broken.

For future reference use a stake or something to support the cover, not the plant itself.


    Bookmark   May 13, 2013 at 11:33AM
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Indeterminate varieties

    Bookmark   May 13, 2013 at 12:07PM
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edweather(Zone 5a/b Central NY)

If they are just bent over they might live.....just prop them up a little and pray.

    Bookmark   May 13, 2013 at 12:32PM
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helenh(z6 SW MO)

They will live. You could even root the tops.

    Bookmark   May 13, 2013 at 4:27PM
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mctiggs(2b (WPG, MB))

Wow, I just came to this section of the forum to ask the same question - I had a beautiful 1 foot tomatillo plant that fell victim to my clumsiness and the entire plant but for 2 inches of the stem and a single leaf was snapped completely off. Good to know there's some hope.

    Bookmark   May 14, 2013 at 11:50AM
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I just did the same thing to my plant--I tried to train it, but bent the main stem too far and it came off in my hand, right at the joint. What's this about rooting the tops? How do I do that?

    Bookmark   April 25, 2014 at 9:02PM
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Because I've been very lucky, lazy, and cheap I have collected scads of five gallon buckets. They are very easy to take off and to put over plants, even those of some good size, and they are far sturdier than any other method I've seen for protecting plants from frosts. If the weather gets stormy, rocks or bricks will weigh them down well, and they stack well when not being used. Just a thought.

    Bookmark   April 26, 2014 at 12:52AM
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