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Growing tomatoes

Posted: 24/04/2015 at 12:49

Good video, Simon. My tomatoes are starting to take over our house but, with a cold snap forecast, I'm probably going to hold off on putting them into my coldframe for another week. I'm then hoping after another week or so in there, i can put them into their final pots / positions.

It means mine will stay in their 3" pots for a while longer (coldframe is small!) but great if that means earlier fruit...

The Tomatoes have arrived!!

Posted: 18/04/2015 at 10:41
Thanks Italophile - hadn't seen your experiment before...

Well, I reckon I'll shift them into the coldframe this week and then, as you say, I'll keep an eye on nighttime temps but probably with a view to final pots by mid May. Pretty rare to have cold nights down here at that stage. 2014 it was like mid summer then - but 2013 did have some late frosts. I've got some fleece to hand if necessary...

The Tomatoes have arrived!!

Posted: 18/04/2015 at 09:40
Italophile, how long roughly should I expect to keep them in the coldframe, before they go into their final pots / positions? Thanks lots, as ever.

The Tomatoes have arrived!!

Posted: 18/04/2015 at 08:14
Hurrah. The coldframe it is... That'll delight my wife!

The Tomatoes have arrived!!

Posted: 18/04/2015 at 08:06
I don't quite know what's happened, Italophile! They've practically doubled in size this week. It did feel like mid-summer some days though so I guess that's the power of the sun...

Hmm... Perhaps the coldframe it is... Fact is I'm right in central London, my coldframe is on a south facing wall (of the house) so I wouldn't think even if forecast minimums are say 7, it could get too cold or that they'd suffer too much?

If I don't repot them, they'd be manageable enough to still be brought inside if it suddenly gets much colder.

The Tomatoes have arrived!!

Posted: 18/04/2015 at 07:51
I guess I can do the moving them out by day and bringing them in at night thing. It's only really laziness that stops me!

Moving them into slightly larger pots is probably a good call. I've tended, for reasons of space / lethargy, to just go straight from 3" pots to final positions.

Thanks all.

The Tomatoes have arrived!!

Posted: 18/04/2015 at 07:31

well, it's been v warm and sunny here this week and as a result, my toms have rather exploded... they're looking pretty good I think. Not as leggy as mine usually get from being indoors, I presume because it's been so sunny - and still is. Weather has got chillier though (now about max 15C by day min 7C by night forecast for the next week) so I'm wondering what to do with them! I think I should probably get another tray to spread them out a bit as they've got rather bushy. That won't make me wildly popular at home - they're in our living room...


I assume though that the forecast nighttime temps are still just too low for me to move them into my small coldframe? Either way, I'll have to keep them in these 3" pots until they're ready to go into final positions (big pots in front of south facing wall).


Any advice appreciated! I'm even half wondering, given there are so many, whether to simply put a few into the coldframe and see if they turn blue?!


The Tomatoes have arrived!!

Posted: 12/04/2015 at 18:58
Well, I've just checked the forecast for the week... 23C by day by midweek, lows of 10C... Maybe I should just put them out now?!

Maybe not...

The Tomatoes have arrived!!

Posted: 12/04/2015 at 18:06
I think in that shot they're 'back lit' with the sun directly behind! They look pretty green but will definitely watch out for them getting light starved. The room they're in is South facing and the bifold doors make it like a greenhouse...

The Tomatoes have arrived!!

Posted: 12/04/2015 at 10:28
They're 20 litre actually! I upgraded last season on someone's advice - probably yours!

Yes I guess I'll keep an eye on nighttime temps as we get into May. The problem is I've already got a small forest of tomatoes in my living room! Maybe if I can get through to May without them jeopardising my marriage too much, then I can get them in the coldframe for a few weeks and then into their final positions by say mid May.

At least being in central London, temps shouldn't be dropping off too much at that time of year.

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