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Sweet Bell Peppers

Posted: 16/07/2014 at 09:55

If a sunny, reasonably warm day is forecast, it wouldn't hurt to put the plants outside. Leggi's temp reading is par for the course.

greenhouse tomato blight

Posted: 16/07/2014 at 09:52

Depending on which fungal problem it actually is, it doesn't have to mean a death sentence. Diseases like Early Blight take a long time to kill off a plant. Remove affected leaves as soon as they appear to give yourself a head start. Not overcrowding plants, allowing as much air circulation through the foliage as possible, is another natural aid against infection.

Sweet Bell Peppers

Posted: 15/07/2014 at 21:58

Scoot, it sounds like a heat issue. Plastic magnifies heat even if the door is zipped open. Dove's question is a good one, too. If the pots are small, they will suffer more - and quicker - than in larger pots.

What's happened to my tomato?

Posted: 14/07/2014 at 09:41

Give it a chance, OL. It will take a while to settle into its new home. Ditch it now and you'll never know!

What's happened to my tomato?

Posted: 14/07/2014 at 09:37

Which plant is this, OL? The ailing one in the second photo?


Posted: 14/07/2014 at 09:16

It does depend on the variety. Different varieties will ripen as different colours.

Blosom End Rot

Posted: 14/07/2014 at 09:09

KEF, it's not so much letting the soil or compost dry out but erratic watering patterns. Plant stress is thought to be the underlying cause of BER, with erratic watering patterns topping the list of contributing factors.

But I've had BER on plants that have enjoyed utterly regular, consistent watering patterns. There are obviously other factors that can stress a plant - sudden, rapid temperature changes; possibly even strong winds, whatever. Still, we've come a long way with BER from the days when the answer was said to be insufficient calcium in the soil. Roll on science.

It still remains a mystery why some varieties - mainly the plums, San Marzano, etc - can be more prone to BER than other varieties. I've often had plums in the same bed alongside other varieties - identical soil, identical watering and climatic conditions - with the plums suffering BER while the other varieties remain clean. You'd have to assume there's some genetic factor at work. Roll on science again.


What's happened to my tomato?

Posted: 13/07/2014 at 16:07

KEF, I grew St Pierre many years ago. Lovely looking fruit, only so-so flavour. Never grew them again. You won't miss much.


What's happened to my tomato?

Posted: 13/07/2014 at 15:23

OL, I'd wait till that sickly plant has been potted up into a bigger pot with good quality potting mix before worrying about Epsom salts. Good quality mix will contain the nutrients the plant needs.

After repotting the plant, I'd isolate it from the others. There are definite signs of early blight on the leaves and possibly also something like septoria leaf spot.

Don't fret about repotting. You just about have to cut the roots off a tomato plant to kill it. I've been AWOL from the forum because I was dragged kicking and screaming back to Sydney for a month's holiday I didn't want. A neighbour kindly agreed to look after the watering for me while away. I had 5 plants that had been in the ground for about 3 weeks. The plants were up on one of the garden terraces. Rather than her having to drag the hose up steep steps and along a terrace to water the toms, I dug them up and stuck them into pots of compost on the terrace for her to water more easily. They were fine. Yesterday I put them back into the ground where they came from. Today they're fine again.

Toms are very sturdy plants that will survive all sorts of handling and even mishandling.

What's happened to my tomato?

Posted: 13/07/2014 at 08:16

Orchid Lady, it's not BER. BER produces a dark leathery patch on the fruit.

Looking at the second photo in your 20.34 post, you've got a sick plant. Signs of several fungal problems and probably nutrient deficiencies too. I'd pot it up into a bigger pot with good quality potting mix and isolate it from the healthy plants. I'd also lay off the watering.

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