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Miss Becks

Hmm, it's going to be a 'wait and see' job then isn't it. I was googling again last night, and had convinced myself it's the alicante I have, going by the look of the main stem to be honest. The cerise stems didn't look like mine! I keep seeing little buds forming on the tops, and get excited, but then they unfold to leaves!

Looks like still playing the waiting game then.

Italophile

How many plants do you actually have?

Miss Becks

It's only the two big ones I'm bothered about, one you've seen pictured and another identical, but about an inch smaller. They have been kept inside from day 1, and only went permanantly outside maybe 2 weeks ago? There are another load in pots scattered around the garden, and a couple in the ground, but they got hammered with rain in the hardening off period, and are doing nothing. I haven't got the heart to bin them, even though they will produce nothing this year.

The two in the ground are a bit bigger, but so spindly, they won't do anything either I reckon. here are a few pics.


 


 


 I'm not really bothered about much fruit production, as there is only me and a 3 year old at home, but she really wanted to see how tomatoes grow, which is why I'm trying to cling onto these last two container ones for her.

Italophile

The two in the last photo (above) look very leggy. For their height, the stems should be better developed. They've struggled for light at some stage or might even still be struggling.

Where is the plant you posted the photos of on the previous page? Still in the small container?

 

Miss Becks

Ah, now those two above also had that strange mouldy looking leaf covering that I originally posted with, so I took those branches off. That's why they look leggy. They did used to have branches all the way down. And the biggest 2 that were on the previous page are still in the big black flower buckets.

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Italophile

Fair 'nuff. Just give them as much sun as possible. Move them around the garden to catch the sun if need be.

 

Miss Becks

Yes, I do. I carry them all to the bottom of the garden in the afternoon, then back up to by the house in the evening. I would just leave them at the bottom of the garden all day, as that gets sun all day long, but I worry next doors cat will knock them over. Or the pigeons/magpies attack them. The animals never come near the house, so they are protected.

Italophile

Cats shouldn't be able to knock those buckets over. And birds won't be a problem. We get a zillion pigeons, black birds, birds of all types here, and I've never known them to bother a tomato. I'd leave them at the bottom of the garden in the maximum possible sun. That's what they need.

Miss Becks

Okay Italophile. Another leaf promblem, or not. Looking for your expertise on this. Just noticed a 'patch' on one leaf. Just one. Thought I'd ask now before it spreads and I can nip it in the bud! IF it is anything at all.


 


 


 


 The last picture is the plant it is off. The whole thing seems to be a bit droopy to be honest. But I just want to see what that patch is on the one leaf. Thanks.

Italophile

It's fungal, Becks. Have to wait to see how it develops to know exactly what it is, but let's not. Nip off those leaves. Looking at the last picture, I'd take off the very lowest branches and probably also the ends of some of the higher ones. Those leaves are huge and things are getting a bit crowded.

Miss Becks

All done and trimmed. Thankyou. Thought it may be fungal. Did all four of them, as the two spindly things I'd put straight in the ground have caught up now believe it or not. They all look like palms now.

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