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Indigo Rose tomatoes

Posted: 14/07/2015 at 15:14

I'd never heard of the variety, wg, had to Google it. It's one of those "blue" varieties? What I read seems to suggest that the fruit darkens on the sunny side and reddens on the shady side. Is that what's happening? (Or not happening?)

Sowing pumpkin seeds in July

Posted: 14/07/2015 at 06:23

Never a truer word said. 

Sowing pumpkin seeds in July

Posted: 13/07/2015 at 06:48

85 days to harvest (according to the packet) is on the short side for a pumpkin so it seems to be an earlier variety. That's 85 days from planting out, so it's going to depend on your growing season - how long it will stay warm enough to keep them developing.

Growing raspberries in pots

Posted: 12/07/2015 at 07:33

Yes, you can grow them in pots. The pots need to be a decent size, depth particularly, because you'll need to embed stakes to support the canes. Wait for at least autumn.

Ugly spots on my tomato plant

Posted: 08/07/2015 at 14:45

That's why I'd like to see the undersides of the leaves. 

Bloosom end rot on some tomatoes

Posted: 08/07/2015 at 14:42

John, regardless of the water, the mix in the pot is good quality and there should be suffifcient calcium available to the plant. Has the plant been fed? If so, all decent tomato fertilisers contain calcium.

If your other plants are BER-free and in the same or similar mixes, and have been fed, the water isn't the problem.

BER is about the most frustrating tomato problem. I found one infected tom on one of my plants last night. The plant is one of 16 that enjoy absolutely identical growing conditions. One infected fruit out of about 100 toms across the plants, and the infected fruit is the single, solitary sufferer amongst about 10 toms on that plant.

Irregular watering is believed to be one of the causes of plant stress but there can be others - strong winds, fluctuating temperatures, extreme temperatures; anything that can upset a plant's equilibrium.

And, sometimes, as in my case, there seems to be no explanation.



Is this disease?

Posted: 08/07/2015 at 14:23

I had something very similar on a eucalyptus back in Sydney. The consensus was that it was one of the rust diseases. I treated it with a fungicide.

Ugly spots on my tomato plant

Posted: 08/07/2015 at 14:14

What do the undersides of the leaves look like? Looks fungal to me.

Stopping pepper plants

Posted: 08/07/2015 at 06:18

Okay, sorry. Misunderstood. I leave them to their own devices too. Sometimes tomatoes can be a bit more reluctant, especially heirlooms, I give flowers a flick in passing from time to time.

Stopping pepper plants

Posted: 07/07/2015 at 09:16

Dorcas, you don't need to transfer pollen between the flowers. They're self-pollinating. Just give the flowers a bit of a jolt to trigger the internal pollination process.

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