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Shows how to wrangle those gangly indeterminate tomato plants. Focus on pruning, staking (stringing up) and pollinating in a greenhouse, but could also apply anywhere. Shot in our Colorado aquaponic greenhouse

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Comment by Amy D Crawford on August 27, 2010 at 12:51pm
sylvia, thanks so much for putting this together... just excellent!!! It's amazing how useful technology can be in getting out the "info"! Good presentation, clear, and concise. I appreciated seeing how to use the supports (clips and twine).

Wonder if you have any links, info on the sucker branches not being productive, or that only the last 4 ft are useful. Another definition of indeterminate vrs determinant plants: determinant produce and ripen all their fruit at one time (thus good for canning, etc); indeterminate have new to fully ripened tomatoes all growing at the same time (good for prolonged harvest).

Do you monitor your water temperatures? air temps? How do you decide when to stop growing your tomatoes?

Comment by Sylvia Bernstein on April 11, 2010 at 6:48am
Thanks so much, William. Fun and easy to do. I'm posting the second Bug Battle video early next week, followed by a time lapse I'm doing on starting bare root strawberries. Just makes you want to fly out of bed in morning when you are doing what you love! good luck with your catfish...I want to try those and perch this summer as well.
Comment by William Sherman on April 11, 2010 at 6:42am

Really a great video. You're a real asset to this growing industry. Just added 20 catfish and 2 Koi for some color and cleaning to my start up system.
Comment by Sylvia Bernstein on April 1, 2010 at 7:44pm
Hi Angie,

A webinar is a way of attending a live lecture at your computer. You sign up in advance through a link, then you will be sent another link to use to sign in to the webinar at the time it starts. You will see a powerpoint slide show on your screen, and here what the presenter is talking about through your speakers. If you have a VOiP headset you can also talk to the presenter when / if they un-mute the audience open it up for questions at the end. If not (I don't have a set) you can submit questions through a box on your screen. It's a pretty cool way to participate in an event in your fuzzy slippers ;-)
Comment by Angie Harris on April 1, 2010 at 7:31pm
What is a webinar?
Comment by Sylvia Bernstein on March 8, 2010 at 1:03pm
Thanks, Richard. I've had them approach 20 ft between September and May, when I stop growing in our greenhouse because it gets to ridiculously hot. I've hear in Hawaii that they grow tomato plants for up to a year. I'd be 30' is about the max, but I don't really have anything to back that up - just a guess.
Comment by Richard Wyman on March 8, 2010 at 12:48pm
Great video, thanks Sylvia, how long can the ropes get before its time to start a new plant? Are cucumbers done similarly?

All my plants have been rather wild and unruly in past gardens, this seems so much better.
Comment by Sylvia Bernstein on March 7, 2010 at 2:02pm
Hi Emma,

Well, my understanding is that indeterminates like to put on their fruit in the newest growth, or the growing point of the plant. I'd recommend using the lowering technique that I talked about in the video - keeps everything in those last 3 - 4' and you just develop a rope at the base. Let me know if parts of it weren't clear...I'm no video instructor ;-)
Comment by Emma Lysyk on March 7, 2010 at 1:36pm
Can you keep indeterminate tomatoes for growing that tall? I know with some plants, if you keep pinching off the top, they'll sprout leaves lower. Does this work? Mine haven't sprouted, yet, but I only have 4 feet of working space before I hit the ceiling (eek!).

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