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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.

Sowing tomatoes cold greenhouse

Posted: 11/04/2015 at 12:59
Interesting... I remember I put them into final positions a few years back and the weather suddenly got cold and wet. The tomato plants all went blue (!) and looked pretty ragged. Then the weather improved and I got decent harvests ultimately...

From what I've read, though, it's the nighttime temps that are the problem. i haven't really got somewhere to put them at night.

Sowing tomatoes cold greenhouse

Posted: 11/04/2015 at 11:24
I've been growing mine from seed indoors. Theyre about 6-8 inches tall now, in 3" pots. I've got a small coldframe that they can go into before going into their final positions, in pots along a warm South facing wall.

When do people reckon they could go into the coldframe and then into their final pots? Never quite sure timing-wise... Ok I get that you need to avoid cold nights particularly but I think in previous years I should probably have been a bit more confident in moving them outside. I'm in central London so cold nights are pretty rate... But equally even May nights can get down to 5 degrees.

The Tomatoes have arrived!!

Posted: 11/04/2015 at 08:58

yours look pretty good to me, lucy! I think they've reached a similar height to mine. I seem to have ended up with about six or seven varieties and I can see that the leaves vary from variety to variety in terms of shape and size of leaves and colour. I wouldn't worry at all if some look a bit different.

In terms of potting up, I tend to follow italophile's advice i think! Mine will ultimately go into 15 litre pots outside so i just keep them in these 3 inch ones until that point. I'm in Southwark, London, so cold nights aren't too much of an issue but I know putting them out too early can cause problems. So, even though I'll get into trouble for keeping them in the house, I imagine I'll leave them indoors at least until the end of the month. I've got a small coldframe they can go in to harden off for a few weeks. If they get too big and the weather's ok, I may try and get them in the coldframe earlier. My wife will appreciate it...

I think last summer, I was a little too cautious about putting them in their final positions so I may be a little braver this year... Or hedge my bets and split my plants by putting half into the coldframe earlier...


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