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Have i mixed up my tomato seedlings? HELP!

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    tomatonewbie Apprentice Gardener

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    Help! I'm new to tomatoes and can't work out whether I should be pinching bits out, or whether I've mixed up indeterminate/determinate seedlings.
    I thought the below would all be indeterminate plants, but I'm getting multiple bits growing out with trusses towards the top - are these side shoots that i should be pinching out, or have I got them mixed out and they are actually determinate?
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    What varieties are you growing and are they labelled?

    They look like indeterminate types to me, with big side shoots. It always surprises me how quickly they grow, I try and nip them out every day whilst small but I found a large one yesterday I somehow missed at the top, as big as the main growing tip. Be careful taking the side shoots out, they still should snap off even at your size.
     
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    Side shoots grow at the point where a leaf joins the stem.
     
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    tomatonewbie Apprentice Gardener

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    that's my problem - i didn't label them and then mixed them up!
    I planted indeterminate:
    F1 Sweet Million
    F1 Fantasio

    And determinate:
    F1 Tumbling Bella (Terenzo)
     
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      I see your problem. The tumbler should be easy to recognise, much lower and bushier. Put those to one side and all the rest will be indeterminate. I know that sounds obvious and maybe there isn't a noticeable growth habit difference yet.
       
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        do we think the ones pictured - the shoots between the leaf and the vertical stem - are definitely side shoots that should be pinched then?
         
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        Tom 1.JPG These are the side-shoots you need to remove:


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        Tom 3.JPG

        On the middle one just check there are flowers coming on the main growing stem to the left, there do look to be but hard to tell from a photo.
         
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