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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.


Posted: 31/05/2013 at 22:45

Yes linnylou! I think I've had them in planters since mid March but the last few weeks, they've grown tons of leaves and branches and are about 40/50 cm tall - fully earthed up. No flowers yet but hopefully not far off and then I may have a look...

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?

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