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Why has my tomato plant produced a lot of lateral shoots at the top of the plant?
Posted by Dobies Staff on 23 September 2014 02:39 pm

Occasionally the terminal shoot of the tomato plant aborts and is replaced by a number of lateral shoots. This is known as bushy head disorder. The flower truss at this point of injury is normally erect and has many branches. The leaves on the shoots produced can be mottled, malformed and have marginal leaf scorch.


This disorder often occurs from April to June in periods of bright sunshine. It is associated with high temperatures in the greenhouse resulting in the death of the terminal bud due to high leaf temperatures. Some varieties may be more susceptible to this disorder than others. Allow one of the terminal shoots to develop as the main leader which will grow on to crop normally. Remove all the other lateral shoots that have developed.

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