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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...

tomatoes

Posted: 23/05/2013 at 19:31

Ok thanks. I might reduce the number of plants I ultimately look to grow to full size outside - I haven't got huge amounts of space, unfortunately. about 30 plants currently, I'll prob take out about 5 that look less sturdy and then give away another 10.

tomatoes

Posted: 23/05/2013 at 17:42

Apols, I know this question is often asked here, but... what final pot size would people recommend? I've got an array of indeterminates (Black Cherry, Sungold, G's Delight, Moneymaker). The biggest pots I've got currently are 15 litre but I've seen some recommend 20, even 25 litre. Is 15 litre enough or should I invest in some 20 litres, say? thank you!

outdoor tomato planting

Posted: 14/05/2013 at 09:24

V useful on the small pots tip, italophile - thank you! The fact they'll be in small pots fr longer, would you still pot up to an intermediate size pot before they go into their final large containers? I know potting up several times, burying part of the stem, is a good idea but if they're already v tall by the time they go into say 6" pots is there any point?

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