LEAVE THE LATERALS?
• 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.