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Posted: 29/05/2015 at 17:39

Sounds like you're definitely overwatering, Irene, which - as Dove says - will cause leaf curl. I responded to your question on Simon's thread.

For toms in the ground, the rule of thumb is to water infrequently but deeply. This sends the roots deeper into the soil. Frequent shallow watering only keeps the roots hanging around the surface. As an example, mine are in the ground, the temps are now into the mid-high 20s, and I'm not watering more than once a week. But when I do water it's deeply. 

For toms in pots, the mix should not be permanently damp. Few plants like constantly damp feet and toms aren't one of them. You can afford to let the mix dry out between waterings. And when you do water, water deeply.

As an overall rule of thumb, toms thrive on "tough love". Or, in other words, controlled neglect. A tom produces fruit in order to reproduce itself before it expires and your basic aim is to create an environment in which the plant feels a tad threatened, encouraging it to reproduce. An overwatered, overfertilised plant doesn't feel threatened, just bloated. In short, less of everything is better.

Growing tomatoes

Posted: 29/05/2015 at 17:26

Irene - again, I'm not Simon, but tom leaves will curl for a variety of reasons including just because they can. If the leaves look healthy otherwise, I wouldn't worry.

Growing tomatoes

Posted: 29/05/2015 at 17:23

baza - I'm not Simon, but are they planted out or still waiting to be planted out? If planted out, flowers are fine. Flowers can arrive early. If they're not yet planted out, take off the flowers to let the plant devote all its energy into development. More flowers will come along.

Tomato plants damaged by hail storm...Replace?

Posted: 22/05/2015 at 14:42

I can't see any damage worth worrying about in that photo, SP42. All a tom plant really needs is some roots and a growing tip or two. I'd take off the lowest branches closest to the soil for housekeeping reasons.

tomato plants

Posted: 20/05/2015 at 15:41

Okay, Maskotka is a determinate variety, a bush-type plant that doesn't have leaders, per se, as an indeterminate variety would. They're the sort of variety that do well in small containers or hanging baskets.

tomato plants

Posted: 20/05/2015 at 06:53

In the absence of a photo: how old are the plants? How big/tall? What variety or varieties? And what size containers are they in?

flowers on my chillies

Posted: 19/05/2015 at 08:24

You can even give the flowers a light flick with your fingers. They're self-pollinating so all you're seeking to do is to give the internal pollen transfer a bit of a kick along.


Posted: 18/05/2015 at 07:28

Removing the flowers (or not) depends on the plant's stage of development. If not yet planted out - either in the ground or in a container - remove the flowers. Let the plant concentrate its energies on establishing itself. More flowers will come along. If planted out, leave them.

Toms flowering

Posted: 13/05/2015 at 07:53

Good advice. Taking off the flowers now will let the plant concentrate its energy on overall development. More flowers will arrive when the plant is ready.

salad cropping

Posted: 12/05/2015 at 07:45

Spring onions will take a lot longer than the others, three or four months, so resowing probably isn't on.

The radish would be the quickest of them to crop so they should be the priority for resowing. You can resow radishes in the same spot, I do it all the time. And, given their size, you can sow them in any available space between the greens.

The rocket should be "cut and come again", regenerating itself, so you shouldn't need to resow providing you don't over-harvest. 

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