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Poorly tomatoe plant leaves

Posted: 09/06/2013 at 15:23

danielle, are those splodges a purplish colour? are the backs of the leaves at all purple or the stem?

Poorly tomatoe plant leaves

Posted: 09/06/2013 at 14:04

In the first photo, are the leaves on that plant quite thin and 'papery'? My plants got like that on the lower branches because of being kept inside for a bit too long (they weren't getting enough light but because of the cold at the time I didn't want to plant them out.)

With advice from italophile - as usual - I buried them deep into their final 25 litre pots, cutting off the lower branches. I did leave a few of the thin papery leaved branches as I didn't want to take off too much growth and they're still there now the plants are outside but they do in parts look like your first photo - the wind has whipped through the leaves and worn them down. 

I'm not worried as all of the new growth coming through is a brilliant green (as opposed to the yelllowy lower branches, and eventually I'll cut those off anyway

Premature potato furtling...

Posted: 08/06/2013 at 21:54

well, that's from two seed potatoes. there were a fair few tiny, smaller than marble size tubers so that's more why I'm figuring a few more weeks should result in some decent crops from the rest.

Premature potato furtling...

Posted: 08/06/2013 at 15:25

Ok, so I know second earlies shouldn't be ready yet, but I've got six patio planters, needed some potatoes for dinner, they've been in for 9/10 weeks and I prefer them small... so I had a furtle in one.

Because I found one or two (Charlottes) of decent size, I was a bit taken in! Basically, the rest weren't too big - and there weren't many at all, but hopefully the rest of the bags given another 2/3 weeks should get there.

Is this a reasonable rate of progress for 2nd earlies do you think? What I've got look nice, but probably not more than 300g...



Planting out sweetcorn

Posted: 05/06/2013 at 08:52

argh. ok, i've lost several plants already - but had noticed the stems were getting snapped. the culprits? squirrels!

i've pegged some fine netting over the remaining plants although i'm a little concerned that the plants are being squashed by it. better than being dug up...

anyone had this problem before??

Moving tomatoes outside

Posted: 05/06/2013 at 08:51

Great, thanks. Yes, I've seen your tips re overwatering before so am always careful!

That's reassuring. I picked one of the less healthy looking plants to show you...

Moving tomatoes outside

Posted: 04/06/2013 at 16:06

So, I put some of my toms out about 5 days ago now. They weren't in the best of shape beforehand - light-starved from being kept inside but at least out of the cold.

Anyway, attached is a progress report of sorts since. The angle isn't all that helpful but what I wanted to show was that the older growth (bigger, lower branches) is generally quite yellowy/green, with 'papery' leaves whereas, touch wood, the newer leaves and branches have got a markedly darker, healthier look about them.

The lowest branches I snipped off, as per italophile's ever-helpful advice beforehand,and I planted them all deeply in these 25 litre containers but I'm now wondering whether, where the plants have got these less healthy looking leaves - you can see holes in them here which I think is just the wind whipping through them as they're so thin - do I simply snip these off as well? Obviously I don't want to cripple the plants by taking too many leaves off at this stage, but are they a help or a hindrance? Thank you!


Planting out sweetcorn

Posted: 03/06/2013 at 12:56

Hopefully that's what it is on most of them. The one it happened to first though just shrivelled from the bottom up. maybe transplant shock I guess and it was just the weakest plant. 

Planting out sweetcorn

Posted: 02/06/2013 at 15:58

hmm, it's generally the bottom most leaves on them which are withering and then just getting sodden from the soil. should I cut those leaves off maybe?

Planting out sweetcorn

Posted: 02/06/2013 at 12:20

I've put my sweetcorn seedlings into a raised bed earlier in the week - they're between about 5 and 8" tall. I thought my timing was pretty good given the decent weather but I'm wondering whether night-time temps are still a bit low? Two of the seedlings look like they've had it, another couple have got yellowing/brown around the edges of some leaves.

Any thoughts? I'm wondering whether I should fleece them at night?

I assume it's the cold anyway. Can't really think what else it could be - doesn't look like slugs have got them, for instance.

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