Cherry Tomatoes: an examination of the causes of truss branching and fruit splitting


This study has shown that truss branching can be manipulated through the use of low air temperatures at night, but it is not likely to lead to significant yield gains. The effect of lower temperatures in the summer was to increase fruit size, which could be beneficial in terms of picking costs.Truss pruning early in the season will increase fruit size without loss of yield and will result in savings on the costs of picking and packing.

Project code:
PC 126
01 October 1996 - 01 June 1998
Project leader:
Mike Fussell


About this project

AIM: To determine whether practical means of reducing air temperatures to increase truss branching could result in increased yields