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Moving tomatoes outside

Posted: 31/05/2013 at 22:38

I've just put 10 of my plants into their final 25 litre pots - I'll do the other 10 when I've replenished the compost! I've had them in a cold frame for the past week or so, hardening off. I was probably a bit late in doing that as they just weren't getting enough light inside so they're not the healthiest but hopefully I've given them a chance now...


Posted: 29/05/2013 at 09:54

appreciate all the guidance, italophile! 

Last June here was awful for toms (my courgettes loved it tho!) so we deserve a bit of luck...


Posted: 29/05/2013 at 09:28

So, my toms are now safely housed in my mini greenhouse, hardening off. In fact, the ones I put in first are already looking a fair bit healthier (leaves seem greener and thicker). Here in SE London, the weather looks set reasonably if you believe the forecast. Daytime temps to rise up to 20C and nightime minimums only low double figures.

My 25 litre pots have arrived so, probably this weekend, I'm going to put all the toms into their final pots. I've got 20 pots. Currently, I've got 29 plants so 9 will miss the cut...probably mostly Moneymakers as they're the ones I'm least bothered about.

Beyond that, there are a few with thin stems which I'm probably better off without? Any tips on, er, sorting the wheat from the chaff?


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!


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!!


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!?


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. 


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?



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.

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