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What Toms and cucs are you growing?

Posted: 10/06/2015 at 06:48

Sungold's a bit too sweet for me and I have a sweet tooth. 

I'm not joking about Chadwick Cherry's plant size either. It grows into a veritable monster, both up and out. Still, they're my favourite heirloom cherry.

What Toms and cucs are you growing?

Posted: 09/06/2015 at 22:28

Bob, I tried Stupice years ago in Sydney out of interest. (Pronounced: Stoo-pee-cha, from memory) Czech variety, incredibly early to maturity. Zilch taste, unfortunately, but that's no great surprise given its earliness. Mainly grown in parts where the growing season is very very short.

Chadwick Cherry (aka Camp Joy) is an excellent cherry and hugely prolific. I grow it every year. Allow plenty of room, it turns into a monster of a plant.

I remember growing Pink Lady quite a few years ago but I have absolutely no recollection of it! 

Lemon tree

Posted: 08/06/2015 at 11:19

Yes, a photo would be best.


What Toms and cucs are you growing?

Posted: 08/06/2015 at 08:00

Determinates typically produce one crop, usually at the same time. You struck it lucky. 

My toms in the ground this season:

Cherokee Chocolate
Cherokee Purple
Marianna's Peace
Brandywine OTV
Camp Joy
Anna Russian
Kellogg's Breakfast
Pink Gaetano
Jaune Negib

Lemon tree

Posted: 08/06/2015 at 07:56

Bf, they're much better off outside as soon as the weather allows. They will easily cope with temps in single figures, even low single figures. Mine go undercover from about November to early March.

They always shed leaves over the winter period, new ones appear in spring. It's part of the plant's natural regeneration process. I don't fertilise over winter when the plants are essentially dormant but I do keep an eye on the soil's moisture levels. Once they're outside and the weather is warming up, I fertilise roughly weekly. Like anything in containers, regular watering flushes out nutrients.

I've never found the need to prune much beyond taking off any dead, weak or crossing branches.


Posted: 04/06/2015 at 10:20

Yes, very very good idea to keep space between the lowest foliage and the soil.


Posted: 04/06/2015 at 08:58

You can remove foliage within reason. Obviously you don't want to denude the plant for photosynthesis reasons, as Ceres says, but what you don't want is a huge clumps of foliage jammed together that will hinder air circulation. Air circulation won't stop fungal infections but it helps make life difficult for fungal spores by keeping them on the move instead of settling.

Tomato leaves turning brown - repeat now with pics

Posted: 04/06/2015 at 08:50

Eve, it looks fungal. The underside of the smaller leaves towards the top right corner of the first photo seems to show lesions. Have a look underneath the larger leaf.

The second photo is different. It almost looks like herbicide damage. Have you sprayed anything near the plant?

Bell pepper slow/no growth?

Posted: 03/06/2015 at 08:46

Joe, the shop-bought plant will have been reared in a hot house. Most of the plants for sale that seem very advanced for the time of year have been reared thus.

Capsicum probably need things warmer than tomatoes because they take a lot longer than toms.

Tomato plants

Posted: 31/05/2015 at 08:37

Carol, don't leave them sitting in water in the bath. If you're only away for a few days they will cope perfectly well without watering. Mix for toms should never be permanently damp, it should be allowed to dry out between waterings.

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