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Do leaf branches die below ripened clusters?

Posted by nopeda123 none (My Page) on
Mon, Sep 3, 12 at 19:27

This is my first time with ripening tomatoes, and at this point it appears to me that the leaf branch below each cluster of ripening fruit is dying. Is that the case, and if so, should those branches be trimmed off when the tomatoes above them begin to ripen?

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RE: Do leaf branches die below ripened clusters?

  • Posted by jolj 7b/8a-S.C.,USA (My Page) on
    Tue, Sep 4, 12 at 20:35

No not on my plants, but the bottom leaves will die when the heat gets high. My plants are over 6 feet & new growth is growing horizontally with blooms & green tomatoes.
But the bottom leaves are brown & dried up.

RE: Do leaf branches die below ripened clusters?

While there is no reason to leave dead branches on a plant there is also no reason to remove branches that are not dead. That holds true regardless of where they are located on the plant. The one common exception is removing any lower branches that are in contact with the ground.

Do branches below a ripened cluster automatically die? No.


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