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Early Tomato Blight

Posted: 21/01/2015 at 08:00

Ian, Bob has it right in terms of prevention. Polytunnels can be a fungal trap. Like greenhouses, they can produce fungal diseases all of their own.

If there are spores from last season, they will be on top of the soil having fallen from the leaves. Jeyes fluid won't kill them. Last season's Early Blight spores are only a problem if they splash back up onto new season's plant foliage during watering. Turn the soil over and you will bury any surviving spores. They can't do any damage underground.

Starting tomatoes indoors

Posted: 19/01/2015 at 08:49

They will be okay, Kelsbels, providing they get a lot of light and decent warmth. A windowsill won't provide enough of either unless you get constant bright direct sunlight throughout the day. Do you have a desk lamp or similar? I use a desk lamp with the light source set an inch or two above the seedlings providing bright light and warmth. As the seedlings develop I raise the light source, keeping it a constant inch or two above the seedlings. I leave the light on for 12-16 hours at a stretch. They need a period of darkness too.

Strange Tomato Affliction

Posted: 16/12/2014 at 07:28

It's a mystery, Odis. See what happens next season. And take plenty of photos! 

Strange Tomato Affliction

Posted: 13/12/2014 at 11:29

Strange Tomato Affliction

Posted: 13/12/2014 at 09:57

Not necessarily. The varieties have all the hallmarks of heirlooms, it's just that so many of them appear to be absolutely identical even if differently named. And many of their histories are impossible to trace, beyond the ubiquitous "seeds originally from the Crimea region".

Strange Tomato Affliction

Posted: 13/12/2014 at 08:32

Hi, Dove. I've seen them a lot darker than that. This is the problem with the so-called "black" varieties. There are a lot of them and there is a lot of mis-naming. In fact, some tom experts think there are a lot fewer different "black" varieties than is claimed, with many of them the same variety with another name.

Strange Tomato Affliction

Posted: 13/12/2014 at 07:58

Odis, it would help, as Dove suggests, if you could expand on "sickly". The photo isn't very clear, unfortunately, but the inner flesh and pulp doesn't look nearly dark enough for a black variety.

As for plant size, heirloom plants are always capable of variations, even including fruit size. Hybrids will grow identically but heirlooms, with their pure genes, are capable of hiccups. 

If cross-pollination occurs, the results will only manifest in the next generation. If, say, the cross happened this season, you would have to save this season's seeds and plant them out next season to see the result.

has anyone ignored tomatoe growing advice

Posted: 11/12/2014 at 08:11

There's no reason why you can't let indeterminates sprawl if you have the space. The main reasons for tying them up are space and disease management. If let sprawl, you have to keep the fruit from direct contact with the soil as you do with, say, pumpkins, to avoid rotting problems. And, yes, nip out the side shoots, treating them exactly as if they were tied up to a stake.

Tomato Blight

Posted: 19/11/2014 at 08:57

Or, depending on the depth of the soil, turn over the topsoil and bury the spores. They can't do any harm underground.

Indoor pepper Plants - Winter Care

Posted: 12/11/2014 at 07:26

On balance, not worth the effort, NewBoy. They would need serious light and warmth just to maintain them with no real guarantee of decent results. Better to start again next year via either seeds or seedlings.

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