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Help - unexpected greenhouse tomato management

Posted: 01/08/2016 at 16:14

Oh THAT is a thought.... they are a yellowy colour aren't they (I realise that she probably gave ME as many as she kept for herself)... all the ones in there are very definitely green at the moment but I will try wiggling the oldest ones if they show any hint of yellow. Thank you steephill

Help - unexpected greenhouse tomato management

Posted: 01/08/2016 at 13:39

Oh thank you - that is an encouraging thought. Not entirely sure WHAT she will DO with them all - but at least I will have kept them going for her.

Help - unexpected greenhouse tomato management

Posted: 01/08/2016 at 11:41

Thanks for that Pansyface - although she is a person who always uses more water on her indoor plants than I would - AND when I first looked at the grow bags (just after the ambulance left) they seemed VERY wet. I have read that changing the amount of water tomatoes are given causes them to split so that is why I have been keeping the grow bags really wet.

Help - unexpected greenhouse tomato management

Posted: 01/08/2016 at 11:26

Our 86 year old neighbour was rushed into hospital 6 weeks ago with a broken leg. Since then I have been sole carer of 2 growbags of tomatoes in her very ancient greenhouse.

One side is sungold and the other side something I have forgotten... but essentially one grow bag hosts little ones and the other bigger ones.

My problem is they are not changing colour. I am giving them a watering can of water each morning and night at the same time, putting tomato food in the water all the time, opening the door to ventilate between 8am and 6pm as she did (skylight thingy doesn't work). She has bubble wrap round the sides but the roof is not shaded at all. I seem to recall her having tomatoes lined up along her kitchen windowsill ripening... but I am so worried she returns home and her precious tomatoes are not performing satisfactorily.

(The many and varied houseplants are a whole other worry). What else should I be doing please?

Amyrilis worries

Posted: 19/12/2015 at 12:20

Thank you Fairygirl... You will enjoy the next bit...

I just went round to the greenhouse clutching red bowl, in order to follow your excellent advice......fought my way in through the detached bubblewrap insulation (another masterplan which didn't totally work)... removed the very dry moss from the top of the oval bowl... to reveal a moist pot sitting separately INSIDE the oval bowl.... duh!!!


Amyrilis worries

Posted: 19/12/2015 at 11:27

Treated myself to an Amyrilis, it has a flower spike but only about 6 inches from the bulb and is in a very nice red ceramic oval bowl slightly bigger than the bulb with dry moss on top of dry compost. Here's my worry... if I water it... there is no hole in the bottom of the pot... HELP (again....)

What is a wisteria side shoot?

Posted: 17/12/2015 at 21:55

Thank you - fantastic answer!

What is a wisteria side shoot?

Posted: 17/12/2015 at 19:59

In this week's to do list it says I have to prune shortening side shoots to 10-15 cm from their base.

We inherited a white wisteria up the outside wall (obviously) and I randomly cut off the long thin bits which bang on the lounge window or grab me round the throat. There are really thin stringy bits, they sort of curl round like tendrils and do what I just described, then there are thicker sort of stem things which lead off from a walloping great trunk up the middle... WHAT am I meant to be pruning exactly.. please?

Insulating a METAL greenhouse

Posted: 31/10/2015 at 17:35

Thank you SO much Lyn - ordered!

Insulating a METAL greenhouse

Posted: 30/10/2015 at 20:12

Thank you one and all... drilling is beyond my capabilities BUT am liking the idea of wire as there are odd holes already available to fix the wire into plus clothes pegs sound like a genius idea. Hoorah for Gardeners World yet again


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Help - unexpected greenhouse tomato management

I am thrown into caring for neighbour's tomatoes unprepared, and they won't go red 
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Amyrilis worries

Just bought one in a hole - less pot...... it is dry BUT! 
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What is a wisteria side shoot?

Just read I should prune them... what are they? 
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Insulating a METAL greenhouse

How do others fit bubblewrap to the corners a of metal greenhouse? 
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I inherited some bushes which now have flowers - which are not buxus 
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Is bistort meant to go brown?

My bistort's leaves are all brown 
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