Application of Brushing for Growth Control of Tomato Transplants in a Commercial Setting

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  • 1 Deparment of Horticulture, Georgia Experiment Station, University of Georgia, Griffin,, GA 30223-1797.
  • | 2 Department of Extension Horticulture, University of Georgia, Athens, GA 30602.

Brushing 2-week-old `Sunny' tomato (Lycopersicon esculentum Mill.) seedlings, grown in a commercial production greenhouse, for a period of 5 weeks reduced transplant growth and improved plant appearance. Brushing reduced stem length 37% and leaf area 31% relative to nontreated control plants. Plants were darker green in color, stockier, easier to handle, and tougher (exhibited less breakage) than nontreated plants.