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Growing Tomatoes in Pots

Posted: 01/06/2014 at 14:08

You wouldn't want more than one plant per 20 litre pot. Depth of the pot is important, too, if they need staking. Nothing worse than an unstable tomato stake. As I know to my cost.

Growing Tomatoes in Pots

Posted: 01/06/2014 at 11:39

Provided they're healthy, the spindly ones always eventually catch up. Given that, in your situation, I'd go for (a) the sturdiest that (b) are the darkest, healthiest green without any blemishes. Can you pass on the rejects to someone else to grow?

Brown spots on tomato leaves

Posted: 01/06/2014 at 09:18

Looks like Early Blight to me. As above, you can only pick off the affected leaves as soon as the very first signs emerge. The longer you leave it, the more you risk denuding your plant.

Spraying is only an option if you spray preventively - before symptoms appear. Once the symptoms appear, no spray will cure the problem.

Growing Tomatoes in Pots

Posted: 29/05/2014 at 06:52

Okay. Anyway, I've never had a tomato plant that gets to to 60cm not produce flowers. Sometimes you get a runt that never really develops. It ends up on the compost heap.

I don't know how long your growing season is but it might be too late to sow more seeds (in terms of getting fruit before the end of the season). In decent conditions you're looking at 6-8 weeks from sowing to planting out.

Growing Tomatoes in Pots

Posted: 28/05/2014 at 21:40

Ah, now I understand. Why aren't the others outside too?

Growing Tomatoes in Pots

Posted: 28/05/2014 at 18:30

If the grafted one that's flowering is in the same greenhouse then it's probably not the conditions. The pots are okay, too, for the moment. You're just going to have to wait and see. The growth spurt suggests they shouldn't be far away.

Growing Tomatoes in Pots

Posted: 28/05/2014 at 17:22

SP93, not even the very first indications of flowers? Absolutely miniature versions that will develop? Some varieties will take longer than others. What varieties are they?

In the meantime, how big are the pots? How warm does it get in the greenhouse?

It's not too late to sow in terms of germination. The seeds should be sown no deeper than they are thick - which is to say, very shallow, just covered with mix. The mix should be kept damp, not wet, and the ideal temp for germination is in the 20sC, warmth preferably from underneath.

Chilli plants

Posted: 23/05/2014 at 07:30

Chillies demand patience. Slow to germinate, slow to develop. Mine are about the same height and are only just showing the first glimpse of flower development.

jasmine not flowering

Posted: 22/05/2014 at 17:09

That's more than likely the problem.

jasmine not flowering

Posted: 22/05/2014 at 14:46

Has it had any fertiliser? Mine has a liking for rose fertiliser in spring and a couple of times throughout the year.

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