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02/08/2013 at 08:48

morning all ,just wondered when/how to stop my plants from growing.grew from seed ,in the ground now in ghouse got quite a few weird looking toms and still got flowers,have been watering twice a week and fed once a week(twice) my first year on the allotment,do they look healthy ?anything else i should be doing ? cheers


02/08/2013 at 08:56

Doesn't look to me as if there's too much wrong with those mias. As you get more fruits you might want to remove a bit of foliage so that they have good air circulation. They look like they're at the top of the greenhouse, so do you mean you don't want them to get any bigger as there's no more room? I think you just take out the tip but someone far more knowledgeable than me  will be able to advise you!  

02/08/2013 at 09:00

They look fine to me, maybe a bit close together, but mine are nearer to each other than they should be. I also grew them from seed and couldn't throw away the ones that no one wanted.

The shape is as they should be, they are a plum variety supposed to be excellent in taste and used in many recipes. I got some free San M seeds this year from Heinz for liking them on FB and answering a few questions. I will be growing some of them next year. 

04/08/2013 at 10:18

Too many leaves, reduce the number to no more than 6 per plant. You are feeding leaves rather than fruit!

04/08/2013 at 10:40

You have far too many leaves on the plants. Reduce each plant to a maximum of 6 leaves as you are feeding leaves at the expense of fruit.

04/08/2013 at 10:57

Give them time, mits, they will ripen. Ripening is down to temperature rather than direct sunlight. Optimum temps for ripening are anything above low-20sC. The ones in the photos have already started to change colour so they're on the way.

05/08/2013 at 10:36

Thx all , so should i stop the plant growing ? how do i do that? i nipped the top bud thingy on one plant but it's still producing buds ! i removed quite a few leaves, i've got enough toms coming now for my first year,so would like all the er to go to the toms , cheers


05/08/2013 at 15:27

mias, the fruit in the photos is already changing colour on the way to maturity. The closer they get to maturity, the less they rely on the plant for nutrition, etc. The colour change is down to the fruit itself, an internal chemical process, unrelated to the plant. In short, anything you do to the plant now is going to have little impact on the ripening fruit.


05/08/2013 at 18:13

oh ok thx , very interesting,so no need to feed them anymore ? or maybe every 2/3 weeks?

05/08/2013 at 19:40

I'd say once per week max, depending on what you feed them with. I've always fed mine whilst fruits are still forming & growing.

06/08/2013 at 06:55

A feed every couple of weeks is enough for toms in containers at the best of times. You can feed on if you want to, mias, but the reality is that the amount of usable fruit you'll get is dictated by your growing season.

I don't know when your viable growing season ends but fruit that isn't already very well developed - getting somewhere close to changing colour - probably won't make the cut this year. Feeding that fruit is a waste of time and money. And fruit that is already changing colour doesn't need the food anyway.

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