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Tomatoes

Posted: 26/05/2013 at 22:25

Hah, maybe I should get myself to the sweetcorn thread and fast! The sweetcorn at least claims to be half-hardy. From what I've found, toms seem quite keen on having some decent temperatures... Chance would be a fine thing!

Tomatoes

Posted: 26/05/2013 at 19:15

ok, italophile. Duly chastened, the light-starved toms are now in the cold frame- had to plant out some sweetcorn to make room! A couple of cool days ahead, so says the weather forecast, but no night temps forecast for single figures for the foreseeable so fingers crossed... I've still got a few toms inside on a sunny windowsill. I'm going to put them all in 25 litre pots later in the week, bury 'em deep and hope for some sun!!

Tomatoes

Posted: 26/05/2013 at 10:15

Without wishing to sound ungrateful, the ones in that pic are in the spare bedroom and we were on hols and had the in-laws staying in there on watering duty! Well, and looking after the human children...

i think they pushed the table they were on away from the window (for easier access to the bed- how selfish) didnt fully open the curtains in there - let alone rotate them as I'd been doing! I also think they were over watered. 

Italophile, I have got a cold frame tthe some of them can fit in- currently filled with other crops which I'll plant out ASAP!

can they be saved!?

Tomatoes

Posted: 26/05/2013 at 09:53

Hasn't made me very popular with mrs bf...  

They're definitely under-sunned, I agree. I've got a decent south facing windowsill in another bedroom which has got some other plants on it and I'm trying to rotate them. The problem has been the bloomin' weather! Yesterday was the first sunny day in our part of the world for ages. Clearly they'd get more outside - but temps got down to low single figures by night the other day, on Friday daytime temp didn't get above 10C!

So, have been working on the basis that I hold out for better weather and keep them inside for longer. Avidly watching the weather forecasts and they suggest from mid-week things could finally start to approach summer conditions... I think I'll definitely for for it this week. 

Tomatoes

Posted: 26/05/2013 at 09:32

Thanks all. Here's a progress report on mine if you're interested. Well, this is half of them! There's a sunnier windowsill in another room I'm rotating these with, but here gets plenty around midday.

 

Italophile, re your helpful post, do you remove those lower branches or bury them? Presume the former? And I should be fairly ruthless in stripping them? 

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/24110.jpg?width=360&height=350&mode=max

 

Tomatoes

Posted: 25/05/2013 at 23:48

I'm getting geared up for hardening mine off in the cold frame, putting in final pots and hoping for the best...

i know about the advantages of burying part of the stem when potting up but I'm not sure whether to bury above the cotyledon leaves? On some of the plants, they've started to drop off or shrivel (some have only got one left), none them look like they're doing much anymore. So, do I remove them, bury them, or just keep them where they're still on the stem?

Buying compost online?

Posted: 25/05/2013 at 08:51

Our local nursery closed recently so I just got a load of compost online - from Creativegardens. Service was efficient and prompt and you got decent discounts for buying in bulk.

tomatoes

Posted: 24/05/2013 at 10:48

Sigh, yes I had it under control when they were in labelled seed modules. my mistake was not then labelling them in pots - instead I grouped them but of course I've since shifted some to get more light, to stop them getting tangled etc.

Oh well. In practice, like I say the Moneymakers are definitely markedly different. The Sungolds I'm sure are the strongest looking plants (maybe just me but they always grow best!) It's just the Gardeners Delight and Black Cherries I need to distinguish.. l check the pot make...

 

tomatoes

Posted: 24/05/2013 at 10:08

... and i've just ordered 20 x 25 litre pots, arriving Monday. The forecast down here in SE Eng is pretty good so that may be the day they go out, after some hardening off in the coldframe. Eek.

tomatoes

Posted: 24/05/2013 at 10:07

Hah, the voice of reason as ever, italophile!

Yes, I'll definitely get it down to 15-20. There are more of us, including a few small ones - the Sungolds are basically 'sweets' for them...

My only hesitation is that I got a bit lazy with my plant labelling... I did know what varieties they were to start with but I'm now less sure! I'm pretty sure the Moneymakers have got the pointiest leaves. I do want to make sure I keep plenty of Black Cherries...

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