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Posted: 04/09/2012 at 14:45

Probably nothing, Shugs. Wisteria can take more than 6 years to bloom. I've known them yet to bloom after 10 years. Very frustrating things, Wisteria. One thing they do need is masses of sun.

best flavoured tomatoes

Posted: 04/09/2012 at 12:04

Just re-sent the first message, Jo. I don't recall a "validate recipient" button. Which doesn't mean there isn't one, the heat here has fried my brain.

best flavoured tomatoes

Posted: 04/09/2012 at 11:44

Okay, I'll re-send the first message. The email notifications for posts and PMs have been very erratic lately. I usually have to go and check the PMs manually to see if I've received any.

best flavoured tomatoes

Posted: 04/09/2012 at 10:36

Cuore di Bue (it literally means Ox Heart) is a very popular tom here in Italy. I swapped some tom seedlings with my greengrocer, Marco, who grows his own. He gave me a Cuore di Bue plant grown from his own saved seeds. Crossed seeds in this case, unfortunately. The plant produced a couple of Ox Hearts and a lot of smaller variations. Not bad flavour, though.

Which Costoluto is it, Maud? C. Genovese and C. Fiorentino are the two main ones. They're both heavily ribbed. In fact Costoluto means just that, ribbed.

Tomato Ripening

Posted: 03/09/2012 at 17:37

The air circulation is good anti-fungal problem procedure. I'd close the windows at night, too, to keep up the temperature. At this time of the season a fungal infection isn't going to do any long-term damage because there isn't a long-term. So to speak.

Tomato Ripening

Posted: 03/09/2012 at 15:19

Bob, toms don't need direct sunshine to ripen. It's all about temperature. Low-20s and above is optimum. The lower you go, the longer it takes.


Posted: 03/09/2012 at 12:31

Spring and autumn are the usual planting times. I've had success with both. It depends how well developed your cuttings are.

potato blight

Posted: 03/09/2012 at 08:18

Answered you in the other forum.


Posted: 03/09/2012 at 08:00

If you've had Late Blight, the spores can fall from the plant to the soil but the spores don't live on in the soil once you've removed and destroyed any affected plants (and potatoes). Leaving infected plants or potatoes lying around can result in reinfection.

If Late Blight strikes again next season it will be a new infection. The spores arrive through the air, travelling on the breeze. If you want to be doubly tripley sure, you can remove and replace the top couple of inches of soil.


Posted: 02/09/2012 at 11:12

That's a shame. Not even room for a couple of pots?

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