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09/09/2012 at 15:38
Blueboing101 wrote (see)
Ive had great success from baby yellow plum varieties keeping as little leaf growth and shots as possible and growing runners out on string. has given me very good crops off each plant. But little success from larger varieties my plants seem to end up stunted and with only two or three on it by the end of the summer, any idea's what I could be doing wrong I feed with a branded tomato food as stated and use the same grow bags which contain seaweed. I cant get why the cherry type varietys go mad but I struggle else where. Thanks in advance for any advice

Not sure what you mean by keeping as little leaf growth as possible. The plants need leaves for photosynthesis. You might get away with reduced photosynthesis for smaller varieties but larger ones need as much goodness as they can get from photosynthesis.

19/10/2012 at 11:12
This is going to sound silly but - I grow tomatoes from seed in greenhouse when all crop has been picked do you get rid of all of the tomato or do you keep the remaining plant perhaps cutting back for the following year? I've also started fresh each time?
19/10/2012 at 11:15
cbteddies wrote (see)
This is going to sound silly but - I grow tomatoes from seed in greenhouse when all crop has been picked do you get rid of all of the tomato or do you keep the remaining plant perhaps cutting back for the following year? I've also started fresh each time?

Start afresh each year-it is just not worth the effort to try and overwinter old plants -compost them.

19/10/2012 at 13:35

I agree with Geoff - start afresh each year

Pam LL x

11/04/2013 at 14:12
Hiya Drobbins, I have had some years of good success growing tomatoes in my greenhouse, but I do not use growbags. I use bucket type planters to give the roods good room to grow. it works for me.
13/06/2013 at 19:26
Which is the fruiting branch?? I'm scared to pinch out bits of plants in case it's the wrong bit!

My tomatoes are in smallish pots - how big a pot should I use?
13/06/2013 at 19:52
Newleaf wrote (see)
Which is the fruiting branch?? I'm scared to pinch out bits of plants in case it's the wrong bit!

My tomatoes are in smallish pots - how big a pot should I use?

How small is "smallish"?

As to "fruiting branches"-they are the ones that produce the flowers- along the stem

What variety are you growing?-then more advice can be offered

13/06/2013 at 20:01

Yep, varieties would help. Some produce flowers (hence fruit) on branches off the stem, some produce them on the stem itself. You can generally tell by the miniature growths that will eventually become flowers.

15/06/2013 at 18:31

Viva Tomatos

I am watching Monty's tomato experiment with great interest and can't wait to see the best growing  method. A little tip I learnt last year was to cut off the bottom of a small spring water plastic bottle and plant it upside down when you pot the tomato plants, this way the water reaches the roots quickly with no evaporation. I also apply my liquid feed this way.

04/07/2013 at 20:45
Hi i always grow shirley f1 and gardeners delight tomatoe plants and i always pinch out the side shoots on both plants with good results. But today i was told by a old timer not to pinch out the side shoots on the gardeners delight plant as it was a cherry tomatoe, is this true.
04/07/2013 at 21:07

hi robert lewis i pinch out on gardeners delight but i mjust admit am getting small toms at mo i thinkiing of leaving from now

04/07/2013 at 21:27

Pinching out side shoots applies to indeterminate varieties - aka cordon varieties, varieties that aren't bush varieties - in general. The type of fruit - cherry, beefsteak, whatever - doesn't matter. GD is an indeterminate variety so it's best to pinch out the side shoots.

Pinching out - or not pinching out - side shoots has no impact on the size of the fruit you get. Size is determined by genetics and, to an extent, growing conditions. The reason you pinch out side shoots is to control the size of the plant and the number of growing tips. Most side shoots will develop into a growing tip. The rule of thumb is that indeterminate toms do best with two growing tips.

18/07/2013 at 22:03
trying to grow beef tomatoes this year but the fruits are lumpy underside (like warts)and also going brown and soft. What am I doing wrong. do they require any special treatment.
27/07/2013 at 08:19
when do I cut off tops of tom plants in greenhouse as they getting very tall and spindly
24/08/2013 at 16:12
For 2 years now, the blossoms have dropped off my toms and cukes in the greenhouse. I keep the temp about 80 deg. I live at 7,600 altitude in Colorado.
11/02/2015 at 01:39
GRAFTED TOMATOES DO NO DO VERY WELL IN GROW BAGS AS THEY ARE TOO SHALLOW, IF YOU HAVE TO USE BAGS TURN THEM ON THEIR SIDES AND PUT ONLY TWO PLANTS PER BAG AND FEED WELL , GET SOME SULPHATE OF POTASH POWDER AND ADD TO WATER CAN AS DIRECTED AND GIVE THIS AS A ADDED FEED ONCE EVERY WEEK OR TWO. IF YOU HAVE A SOIL BED IN THE GREENHOUSE GET SOME UNWANTED POTS FROM YOUR LOCAL CHIP SHOP OR TAKE AWAY CUT THE BOTTOMS OFF AND AND PUT THEM IN THE BED AND FIIL WITH COMPOST AND PLANT THE TOMATO PLANT IN THE BOTTOM AND AS IT GROWS ADD COMPOSTTO COVER THE FIRST TWO SETS OF LEAVES THESE WILL SPROUT ROOTS GIVING THE PLANTLOTS OF ROOT GROWTH AND BIGGER PLANTS MORE TOMATOES,
11/02/2015 at 20:36
I have planted four varieties of Tomato seed on the 2nd Feb in the Seven cell mini propagator and already they are up so I have taken the lids off and put the cells in a bigger propagaor, and Marigolds are up as well. Next week I will bring the propagator in to the kitchen and transplant them individually into 3" pots then put them back in the large propagator with the lid on and the vents half open and plug the power cable back in the greenhouse. Put some bubble wrap around the propagator leaving the top to get full light. It worked well last year 100% no loss of plants at all. I am thinking of feeding them additionally with Epson salts, will it benefit?.
12/02/2015 at 10:34

Last year I grew tomato plants in the greenhouse. They turned into monsters and the fruit was horrible. It was only at the end of the season I reread the plant feed. Dilute a capful in however many litres of water it was. I'd somehow confused the instructions with another plant feed I was using. I was giving the plants a capful of feed direct to the base of the plant. Weekly.  Always read the label then reread. Lol.

12/02/2015 at 11:14

Flicksie, Epsom Salts are only useful if there's a magnesium deficiency. If you're using a decent potting mix it won't be a problem. Best not to feed with anything at this early stage. 

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