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Posted: 20/08/2013 at 13:22

Actually, I first noticed the mottling on the leaves (on the fruit I only noticed it yesterday) when it got v hot here (for the UK!) a few weeks back - daytime C temps were in the low/mid 30s, nighttime not much below 20. Last few weeks has been different, daytime more like early 20s, nightime low teens - and it's been quite damp, which is why I've been on blight alert, but this didn't quite seem to fit that bill.

Watering-wise, generally every 2/3 days when it's been dry - a bit more often when it's been hot. Tomato feed once per week.

That particular plant does sit in the sunniest spot of the garden, facing due south. The odd thing is the majority of the leaves on the plant look normal and overall the plant seems healthy.

I took off one branch and tomato to get a decent photo for you but do you think I should remove any other affected leaves/fruit?

To be honest, good to hear it's more likely to be stress as my fear was it would be something more contagious!


Posted: 20/08/2013 at 11:01

 a few of my cherry toms have got these black patches on the fruit and the leaves. The fruit made me think blossom-end rot, the leaves blight - but this is only on a few fruit on one plant - which makes me think not due to irregular watering, and while those leaves dont look great, it's just the lower ones and the plant itself looks healthy  the leaves have been like that for weeks too. any wisdom would be appreciated!



Posted: 31/07/2013 at 08:07

What are people's views on when to pinch off the top of cordon toms? Most of my plants, which are mainly cherry varieties (Black Cherry, Sungold, G/Delight), have about 4/5 trusses. One has about 7 - courtesy of the one side shoot that got away...

Six trusses seems to be the average that people recommend before pinching off the top of the plant. Does that sound right? Or should I leave them going for longer because they're cherries and don't have to grow too big?

Thank you!

Tomato Problem

Posted: 16/07/2013 at 17:25

thanks italophile! This is definitely the best summer weather so far I've experienced for growing tomatoes so it makes me a bit uncertain... per my answer to your post on another thread, I think I have been underdoing the watering a little. last night, temps round here didn't get below 22C! 

first time tomato grower seeks advice

Posted: 16/07/2013 at 17:18

brill, thanks. have indeed noticed the odd flash of root near the surface in a few pots... There's a bit of space for me to add a little more compost. I suspect I haven't been getting the water deep enough. What would you say is best, ie watering can, hose on a fine spray (splashes up though), more of a slow trickle..?


Posted: 16/07/2013 at 17:10

ho hum. maybe I should sow some more? now have some bed space having pulled my garlic...

first time tomato grower seeks advice

Posted: 16/07/2013 at 13:55

How often would you water tomatoes in pots? Mine are in 25 litre containers but I've been very wary of over-watering. Possibly too much so! I've only been watering them every few days?


Posted: 15/07/2013 at 19:10

The fertiliser went in about March time I think...

Tomato Problem

Posted: 15/07/2013 at 18:40

Can I throw my problem in too!? Generally my plants look pretty healthy but in recent days the newer growth has had a pronounced droop to it, lower leaves still very green and tough looking. It's been in the high 20s/early 30s here by day for the last week or so but it still seems unlikely it's lack of water? They're in 25 litre containers and I've been watering around every 3 days. I started feeding as of yesterday and gave the feed with a good soak - but hasn't helped the droop. 

Any thoughts greatly appreciated...



Posted: 14/07/2013 at 18:39

This is a common question, and I probably should know the answer , but when do you start feeding your tomato plants? feed says 'when the first truss has set.' most of my plants have got around three or four trusses but in each case i wouldn't say all of the fruit on the first truss has appeared. a few maybe. should i start or still keep holding off, taking the instructions literally?

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