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The Tomatoes have arrived!!

Posted: Yesterday at 21:57
Hah, yes should keep us going. Wanted to grow a range of varieties this year and have ended up with a mixture of sungold, black cherry, black opal, gardeners delight, tigerella, green zebra and sweet aperitif.

They're buried deeply and in a pretty sheltered spot so hopefully the rain won't do them any harm. They're certainly getting a good soaking!

The Tomatoes have arrived!!

Posted: Yesterday at 18:51
I've taken the plunge - finally. Bank holiday Monday has actually given me a spare hour or so to put the toms out. Much as I thought I was too lazy to bother, I have actually been hardening them off last week - outside by day and inside at night. An then last night I left them out overnight in the coldframe and they seemed fine for it. Milder nights forecast are most welcome. Temps this week shouldn't be a problem but a fair bit of rain and wind on its way so hope they don't cause any difficulties.

Per Italophile advice, I stripped off most lower branches and buried them deeply into big pots, burying canes with them. I've 'only' potted out 12. Still have 10 of the lesser ones in the coldframe that I may give away...

The Tomatoes have arrived!!

Posted: 25/04/2015 at 13:00
I don't quite understand how / why they've grown so quickly! I guess it has been spring, even summer, -like on SE England for the last three weeks really.

Yes completely agree with advice on potting out. I found putting canes in tricky last year for that reason so will definitely bury them in with the plants.

House purchase a bit daunting (as ever) but will be a much bigger garden than I've ever had, South facing and with plenty of room for proper greenhouse etc. I suspect I won't be allowed to focus on the garden for a while though as the house itself needs a lot of work!

The Tomatoes have arrived!!

Posted: 25/04/2015 at 10:56

It was 6 weeks ago today that I sowed them as seeds...

Yes, they've been in my living room that whole time. I'm actually quite pleased with their progress, believe it or not! In previous years, they've been even lankier and by this stage have needed support to stop them flopping, plus the leaves have been pretty yellow and paper thin. Generally, they seem to recover incredibly quickly once planted out. I do follow your advice about stripping off the lower leaves and burying up to the canopy. Works really well.

Ok, I'll get them into the coldframe and hopefully this cool snap won't last too long here. I think it will need to be 20 litre pots as that's what I've got and have space for.

Thanks as ever for the advice... we're due to move somewhere with a 'proper' garden later this year (if it goes through) where I'll be able to plan it from scratch! Here I'm having to make do with a fairly small central London garden...

The Tomatoes have arrived!!

Posted: 25/04/2015 at 08:46
Now saying a few nights of 4C lows possible this week... So I may hold off a little. The indecision!

Italophile, is it the lack of light or being in 3" pots that's the issue? I could put them into my small coldframe, which would give them more sun (although early summer here has given way to autumn!) but if they go into their 20 litre pots they'll need to be outside fully.

The Tomatoes have arrived!!

Posted: 24/04/2015 at 21:16
Ok thanks. Yeah I thought their time had come!

The Tomatoes have arrived!!

Posted: 24/04/2015 at 18:57

So, these plants are, erm, getting pretty big. A couple have now got flower buds. They're pretty leggy but I'm not too worried about that as I'll bury them deeply once they finally go into their final pots/positions.

What do people (especially italophile!) think though about timing for moving them outside? Given they're taking over my sitting room...

Forecast for the next week isn't great (by mid-week highs down to 12C, night lows 7C) although may pick up by next weekend a bit.

I could put them in my coldframe at least?


Growing tomatoes

Posted: 24/04/2015 at 12:49

Good video, Simon. My tomatoes are starting to take over our house but, with a cold snap forecast, I'm probably going to hold off on putting them into my coldframe for another week. I'm then hoping after another week or so in there, i can put them into their final pots / positions.

It means mine will stay in their 3" pots for a while longer (coldframe is small!) but great if that means earlier fruit...

The Tomatoes have arrived!!

Posted: 18/04/2015 at 10:41
Thanks Italophile - hadn't seen your experiment before...

Well, I reckon I'll shift them into the coldframe this week and then, as you say, I'll keep an eye on nighttime temps but probably with a view to final pots by mid May. Pretty rare to have cold nights down here at that stage. 2014 it was like mid summer then - but 2013 did have some late frosts. I've got some fleece to hand if necessary...

The Tomatoes have arrived!!

Posted: 18/04/2015 at 09:40
Italophile, how long roughly should I expect to keep them in the coldframe, before they go into their final pots / positions? Thanks lots, as ever.
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