LEAVE THE LAT­ER­ALS?

NZ Gardener - - The Good Life -

• Tra­di­tion­ally, lat­er­als or side shoots were re­moved from in­de­ter­mi­nate va­ri­eties, to limit overall growth and stop them sap­ping all the en­ergy that would be bet­ter di­rected into fruit­ing. But tak­ing the lat­er­als off can cause more harm than good by open­ing the plants up to in­fec­tion at the wound sites. Only re­move lat­er­als on a warm, dry day and use a clean sharp knife.

• Grafted plants have more grunt so don‘t worry about tak­ing off lat­er­als.

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