Tomato stem question

kuvaszlvrOctober 30, 2012


I've been growing tomatoes from seeds for years on end. There is a vendor at a local herb festival whose tomato plants all have thick stems. With mine, it seems to be the variety that determines the thickness, but all of his varieties all have thick stems. I'm wondering if anyone has any thoughts of what they might be doing to get such thick healthy stems?


Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

High sun to shade ratio makes stems thicker.

Breezy conditions thicken stems.

Good nutrition can help too.

I am sure I am missing some things.

    Bookmark   October 30, 2012 at 4:20PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

Thanks for the post. Mine, when small, are in a greenhouse with lots of sun, but, that also means high heat which seems to make them grow tall and leggy. I also try to have a fan going, but that only gives minimal air movement. I would assume theirs are in a greenhouse too, maybe they are able to control the temperature better than I do. I wonder if they use some kind of magical elixir. :-)

    Bookmark   October 30, 2012 at 4:42PM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
Quick Start
I sowed 6 tomato varieties yesterday in frozen garden...
Baby tomatoes with yellowing leaves
My tomatoes plants are about 5 weeks old. They have...
Plant Out Plans For--2015 Season
Who is getting ready for the big event : i.e, PLANT...
Seysonn_ 7b-WA/HZ1
How Is The Weather ..1- 2015
Spring has arrived early here. The temperatures are...
Seysonn_ 7b-WA/HZ1
Overwhelmed with tomato variety options, need some help choosing...
I realize that for many of you tomatophiles, planting...
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™