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Tomato leaf problem troubleshooting

Posted: 24/04/2014 at 07:06

Any chance of a photo, Lindsay? It's hard to know from a general description. Are they simple spots or can you see a tiny, darker "bullseye" at the centre of the spots?

Beetroot and Tomato Seedlings

Posted: 22/04/2014 at 07:52

Tom seedlings will happily live in a 3" pot till they're ready to plant out. No need to pot up.

Low voc paint on terracotta pots

Posted: 20/04/2014 at 08:38

I agree. The advantage of terra cotta is that it "breathes". Much healthier for the plants involved. Painting would have to seal the porous surface.

Tomato problem

Posted: 19/04/2014 at 10:27

They'll be fine. As above, the white patch is probably the sun scorching a wet leaf. One or two of my seedlings have the same. Purpling foliage is very very common with seedlings, usually a sign that they need more warmth.

Tomatoes are already flowering

Posted: 18/04/2014 at 08:22

Depends how old they are and how developed they are, Tonks. If they're still bona fide seedlings - not yet ready to plant out - I'd take off the flowers. Let them direct all their energies into establishing themselves. Plenty of time for flowers later.

Can you identify these onions

Posted: 18/04/2014 at 07:32

How often have you had the opportunity to ID Welsh Onions around here, Welshonion?

Tomato Black Russian?

Posted: 17/04/2014 at 15:52

My grandfather used to tip his used tea leaves onto his garden plants. They contain potassium so they can't hurt.

Tomato Black Russian?

Posted: 17/04/2014 at 12:55

BER will strike any variety if the conditions are ripe for it. I'd love to know, though, what it is about the plum variety genes that make them more susceptible. One day science will get around to explaining it. As tomatoes become a more and more profitable business, particularly for seed companies, more science is applied to them. Exploding a few myths and old wives' tales along the way.

Can you identify these onions

Posted: 17/04/2014 at 08:55

Looks like that to me too.

Tomato Black Russian?

Posted: 17/04/2014 at 08:52

That's a good explanation of BER. Doesn't address that the plum varieties are more prone to the condition but that would get into genetics. Can't have everything.

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