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10/06/2013 at 08:08

For all those interested in toms, here a link I've found very useful, don't want to usurp your knowledge though, Italophile

http://www.tomatogrowing.co.uk/html/tomato_growing_tips.html

 

10/06/2013 at 08:52

Italophile - I don't know what variety the plants are as my Nan gave them to me but I will find out

10/06/2013 at 09:07

There's some good sensible advice in that link, Sue. I particularly like the caution against overwatering. I'd extend it to overfertilising, too. There's an old tomato saying: "More plants are killed by pampering than neglect".

The Blossom End Rot (BER) problem is an interesting one. It used to be tomato lore that it was caused simply by a lack of calcium and was remedied by digging the stuff into the soil.

Science now tells us that BER is certainly calcium-related but in terms of the plant being unable to distribute the calcium through its internal system to the fruit. You can have all the calcium in the world in the soil but the plant is unable to use it.

Unfortunately science can't tell us exactly why. The best guess is that it's stress-related, with the plant's physiology under duress and affected. There are potentially plenty of causes of plant stress - climate, culture, etc - so there's no simple answer.

The real mystery, though, is why some varieties are more prone to it than others. The link suggests larger-fruited varieties are more prone, but, in fact, it's the plum or egg shapes - San Marzano, etc - that are most vulnerable. I've had plum/egg varieties in the ground growing right beside beefsteaks and oblates. The plum or egg shapes have been riddled with BER, their immediate neighbours totally BER-free.

Who would be a tomato grower?

 

 

 

10/06/2013 at 09:08
Danielle888 wrote (see)

Italophile - I don't know what variety the plants are as my Nan gave them to me but I will find out

Goodoh, Danielle. It could help determine the size of pots they need.

10/06/2013 at 09:16

Followed Swiss Sue's link and did a bit of reading and digging around, actually a very good link. Cheers SS. Found this page - with regards to purple marks on tomato leaves - confirms my hiniting.

http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/vegetable/tomato-problem-solver/leaves/phosphorus-deficiency/

 

10/06/2013 at 09:18

Followed Swiss Sue's link and did a bit of reading and digging around, actually a very good link. Cheers SS. Found this page - with regards to purple marks on tomato leaves - confirms my hiniting.

http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/vegetable/tomato-problem-solver/leaves/phosphorus-deficiency/

Blight my.....

10/06/2013 at 09:19

Followed Swiss Sue's link and did a bit of reading and digging around, actually a very good link. Cheers SS. Found this page - with regards to purple marks on tomato leaves - confirms my hiniting.

http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/vegetable/tomato-problem-solver/leaves/phosphorus-deficiency/

Blight my.....like I said plants are fine. Just need potting on and more care taken when watering & feeding.

10/06/2013 at 09:43

Yes, could be a phosphorous deficiency, particularly if they've been overfertilised. Overfertilising, ironically, can affect the plant's uptake of various necessary nutrients.

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