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Peppers/chillies or lack of

Posted: 23/07/2014 at 20:48

Toms should be watered on an as needs basis. Don't water by rote. If in pots, you can afford to let the mix dry out within reason. As long as patterns are consistent. Mix should never be constantly damp. If in the ground, they should be watered infrequently but deeply.

Peppers/chillies or lack of

Posted: 23/07/2014 at 13:33

Novicegreen, Chris is right. Give them a break from the food and drink. They're like toms, best left to their own devices as much as possible.

Blossom-end blues

Posted: 23/07/2014 at 13:30

paull, plum varieties (lincluding San Marzano) are simply more prone to BER than other varieties. No one knows why. Must be something in their genes.

Erratic watering isn't the only cause of BER. BER occurs as a result of plant stress that creates problems with the plant's internal systems. Anything that stresses a plant can feasibly cause BER. It could be excessive humidity. It's really a matter of process of elimination. Trouble is, you don't get instant answers. And sometimes there's no obvious answer.

BER is one of the curses of tom growing.

White specks on Tomato leaves

Posted: 23/07/2014 at 13:21

For some reason the software won't allow enlargement of the photos. Are the white spots necrotic (dead) tissue? They look like eggs.

Growing Tomatoes in Pots

Posted: 18/07/2014 at 07:34

Salino, note the purpling of the leaf veins and around the edges in the first photo. I think you could be looking at plant stress with maybe a phosphorous deficiency. There are viruses that will cause similar issues but I have no idea whether they exist in the UK home gardens.


Growing Tomatoes in Pots

Posted: 17/07/2014 at 15:36

Could be any number of reasons, Salino. Is the roll up or down? In other words, are the edges going up or under?

Growing Tomatoes in Pots

Posted: 17/07/2014 at 08:34

Herbicide damage can produce those results, Tomsk, but so can a host of other things like plant stress and even a virus. If the plants are otherwise healthy, and don't produce any other worrying symptoms, I'd just keep an eye on them and wait for the toms.

Sweet Bell Peppers

Posted: 16/07/2014 at 09:55

If a sunny, reasonably warm day is forecast, it wouldn't hurt to put the plants outside. Leggi's temp reading is par for the course.

greenhouse tomato blight

Posted: 16/07/2014 at 09:52

Depending on which fungal problem it actually is, it doesn't have to mean a death sentence. Diseases like Early Blight take a long time to kill off a plant. Remove affected leaves as soon as they appear to give yourself a head start. Not overcrowding plants, allowing as much air circulation through the foliage as possible, is another natural aid against infection.

Sweet Bell Peppers

Posted: 15/07/2014 at 21:58

Scoot, it sounds like a heat issue. Plastic magnifies heat even if the door is zipped open. Dove's question is a good one, too. If the pots are small, they will suffer more - and quicker - than in larger pots.

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