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Posted: 08/11/2014 at 06:52

We spent five days with French friends in Hossegor in August. Very mild weather.


Posted: 07/11/2014 at 18:04

Cheers, KEF. Still very mild here for this time of year. We've had the mildest and wettest spring and summer that anyone can remember. Floods north of us this week and even in Rome. Something strange is going on ...


Posted: 07/11/2014 at 17:36

Tigerella can be prone to splitting, yes.


Posted: 24/10/2014 at 17:46

Yes, it's temperature. 


Posted: 22/10/2014 at 14:48

Dried and stored properly - eg, in an envelope, at a stable temperature - they will last for a decade. I'm okay for seeds for a while, thanks for the offfer.


Posted: 22/10/2014 at 08:30

I'd never heard of them. Google says they're a proprietary brand which usually means they're hybrids so wouldn't grow true to type. I'd imagine they've been developed from currant varieties, small cherries. On the other hand, some people are reporting that they do grow true to type. Where are they on the Robinsons site, Angela?

Green tomatoes

Posted: 19/10/2014 at 17:20

Green-when-ripe varieties are popular in the US, too. The Cherokee varieties - Purple and Chocolate - have a sister, Cherokee Green. Delicious. There are many others, including cherries. The only trick is judging the ripeness. You have to work by feel.

Tomatoes Indoors for next year

Posted: 19/10/2014 at 12:43

daisy, it will be a matter of replicating summer growing conditions. Sunlight rather than daylight and temps hopefully in the 20s. It will certainly survive in lesser conditions but any cropping will be compromised.

Green tomatoes

Posted: 19/10/2014 at 12:39

They're bound to be F1 so they won't grow true to type. There's also every chance they're a proprietary brand so seeds might not be available. A quick Google doesn't reveal any seed sources. Regardless, there are quite a few ripe-when-green varieties in circulation so alternatives wouldn't be difficult to find.

Discoloured skin n outdoor grown tomatoes

Posted: 14/10/2014 at 08:01

Bf206, it's not a bad idea to use a bleach solution to clean out any pots you're going to re-use for whatever purpose. Not necessarily against tomato fungal diseases because the residual spores, if any, will have been on top of the soil. They don't poison the soil or pots, per se.

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