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Tomatoes not setting fruit

Posted: 05/07/2012 at 08:54

Well, they love the heat until it comes to setting fruit. That's the only real issue with heat. Humidity, too, for that matter.

Beetroot cyclindra

Posted: 05/07/2012 at 08:52

I'd work very carefully if it is rocket. Mature rocket can form a sort of tap root and yanking it unceremoniously might disturb any young beetroots.

Been here - in central Tuscany - for seven years, nadiamaz. Fled Australia to come here. Never regretted it!

Beetroot cyclindra

Posted: 05/07/2012 at 08:48

Niente!

Beetroot cyclindra

Posted: 05/07/2012 at 07:56

I'd work very carefully if it is rocket. Mature rocket can form a sort of tap root and yanking it unceremoniously might disturb any young beetroots.

Been here - in central Tuscany - for seven years, nadiamaz. Fled Australia to come here. Never regretted it!

Beetroot cyclindra

Posted: 05/07/2012 at 07:21

They almost look like rocket leaves.

Tomatoes not setting fruit

Posted: 05/07/2012 at 07:18

You don't need to cross pollinate. They're self-pollinating. Just give the flowers a tap or a brush with your hand. One of the great frustrations for tom growers is flowers not setting fruit. Over-watering and over-fertilising can be a factor. High temps and humidity can also work against fruit setting. We've had a week in the high 30sC here and flowers are shrivelling and dying.

Potato blight

Posted: 04/07/2012 at 08:32

I think you're right. It doesn't seem to have blight's characteristics. Here's blight:

http://s3.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/9533.jpg?width=279&height=350&mode=max

 

Potato blight

Posted: 04/07/2012 at 06:27

Can you post a photo of the problem?

Here are some photos of magnesium deficiency in potatoes. Scroll down to photos 161 and 162 and see if you recognise the symptoms.

Bah! The link system still doesn't work here. Cut and paste this link into your browser:

http://customers.hbci.com/~wenonah/min-def/potato.htm

EDIT. Oooh! The link system is working now. As is the edit system. Happy days!

 

Potato blight

Posted: 03/07/2012 at 15:07

No, it's also used on grapes, potatoes and other things.

Potato blight

Posted: 03/07/2012 at 06:29

Bordeaux mixture - a blend of copper sulphate and hydrated lime - is an age-old treatment for blight. Like all such treatments, it's preventive rather than curative. There is an issue these days with the copper component. Even though technically organic, it's unfriendly to insects, etc, and will accumulate in the soil. There are other options but they're chemical. I'd talk to a good garden centre about the options.

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