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Growing Tomatoes in Pots

Posted: 05/06/2014 at 13:32


Ok, I'm not too worried (until I'm told otherwise) but I've noticed a few of my plants have got a slight yellow mottling of the leaves - e.g. the big leaf in the centre of this photo.

In practice, it's only on a few plants - and since I still need to cull about half of them, this might just help me decide which to get rid of as it's only affecting a few. I'd got a bit lazy and hadn't propped open my mini greenhouse for the last couple of days, given it was cooler / wetter. I wondered if they might have got overheated a bit, although they hadn't dried out and didn't look droopy.

Either way, the greenhouse is now rather full-to-bursting and I'm a bit worried the plants are getting a little crowded so I reckon, with warm weather on its way, now's probably the time to transfer them into their final pots and positions and that may help...

 

Growing Tomatoes in Pots

Posted: 01/06/2014 at 14:51
Yep I def found 15 litre ones weren't deep enough for a single plant but 20s last year worked very well. Needs a lot of compost, mind!

Growing Tomatoes in Pots

Posted: 01/06/2014 at 13:23
Tell a lie - they're 20 litres!! I'd previously tried 15 litre ones but found that they weren't quite big enough for a single tom plant. They've currently now got leeks in them until I've got some room in a raised bed...

Growing Tomatoes in Pots

Posted: 01/06/2014 at 12:33

I started with three 12 cell module trays, one seed per cell, I reckon about 30 germinated well. I think I lost a couple when potting up and have given a few away so am prob 'down to' 25 - but I've only got 12 big pots and frankly that should be plenty!

Dark green's a good tip, italophile. Simon, I'll do one per pot.

I may actually put some outside with an honesty box if I can't see friends who'll take them!

Growing Tomatoes in Pots

Posted: 01/06/2014 at 11:32

Here's a tomato update from me for those who do / don't have a vague interest...

They seem to have adapted well enough to life in the coldframe (2 weeks now; seeds sown indoors mid-April). I only plan to repot them one more time into their final 25 litre pots although not quite yet.

I'll have to whittle this small forest down to about 12 plants though and I was thinking I should probably do that sooner rather than later before the coldframe gets too crowded . So, any hints / tips on how to spot the strongest plants? Best to look say for a thicker stem but not necessarily the tallest? The tallest ones are largely the seedlings that bolted a bit after germination but I've found in the past that even the spindliest plants buried deeply do just fine.

Thank you!


 

Growing Tomatoes in Pots

Posted: 24/05/2014 at 17:24
I'm in Southwark, South London so it's not so much frost I'm conscious of, more these squally showers which I don't want to expose my toms to yet! So, they've gone into the coldframe... There are about 25 of them, which I'll need to halve for space reasons! I'll wait a few days and see how they cope. I'll see if the neighbours want any...

Growing Tomatoes in Pots

Posted: 24/05/2014 at 08:48

So, this is the small forest of tom plants currently occupying the south-facing windowsill in my kids' room...

On the whole, I'm reasonably happy so far. Some leginess, which I always get as the light levels aren't brilliant, but once I bury them deeply into bigger pots they seem to recover fine. Ultimately I'm going to have to throw away about half so can keep the strongest. I reckon they range from 15-25cm in height.

What are people's views on when these are ready to go into my coldframe to harden off? It's not practical for me with work to have them outside and then bring them in at night but I'll probably just have them in the coldframe with the lid open during the day and then hopefully remember to close it at night.

Maybe another week indoors, a week in the coldframe then into final pots/positions?Thanks all!


 

Beetroot problems...

Posted: 12/05/2014 at 11:33

It's partly because of slugs (and wanting an early crop) that I go for modules. I tend to find the slugs aren't so bothered when they leaves get bigger.

I think the reason people like Monty Don say modules for beets are ok is because, unlike say carrots, the bit you harvest isn't actually at the end of the tap root. With carrots, you definitely end up with mis-shapen veg.

Anyway, like I say, it's now a case of making sure none of these bloomin' white dots hatch! If I can stave off the leaf-miners, I'm hopeful I'm only a few weeks off from having baby beets...

 

Beetroot problems...

Posted: 12/05/2014 at 08:10

Well, famous last words, but my beets have now pretty much entirely overcome their soggy start. Lots of new growth and looking healthy and on track.

The main problem more recently  has been my old enemy, the beet leaf miner... I've had the tedious job of, essentially on a daily basis, scraping off collections of larvae on just about every beet plant!

courgettes

Posted: 11/05/2014 at 14:21

Since I've hijacked my own thread... i've seen people say to pinch out the growing tip of marigolds and/or the first flowers. any wisdom on this? there doesn't seem to be an obvious growing tip...

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