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No fruit showing on Butternut Squash in polytunnel

Posted: 18/08/2013 at 09:35

Good advice from Bob, ladybutternut. You can also use a tomato fertiliser. Good tom fertilisers are low in nitrogen, high in potassium. You just have to check the NPK figures on the label prior to purchase. Some tom fertilisers overdo the nitrogen.


Posted: 17/08/2013 at 15:49

Neil, you're better off using year-old wood. I tried it last year and it worked. I did mine in February, from memory.


Posted: 17/08/2013 at 13:48

You can store them anywhere cool and dry. You dry the tops if you're going to plait them. Otherwise don't cut the tops too close to the onion itself or you can risk disease.


Posted: 17/08/2013 at 13:44

If a hybrid variety, there shouldn't be much variation in size or shape if any at all. Heirloom varieties will often produce different sizes, and, very very occasionally, even a different colour as a colour gene mutates.


Posted: 17/08/2013 at 07:50

I don't use Miracle Grow so don't know it. What's the NPK figure on the packet? If the N figure - nitrogen - is high, it could explain all the foliage and no flowers. Nitrogen encourages leaf growth at the expense of flowers. I find a dedicated rose fertiliser has the right NPK balance for jasmine.


Posted: 16/08/2013 at 15:23

I haven't grown Tumbling Toms so I don't know whether they're a naturally thick-skinned variety. Others will certainly know. Some varieties just are. It's in their genes.

Toms can also thicken their skins in warm weather, particularly if moisture has been lacking. It's their way of preserving moisture.


Posted: 16/08/2013 at 11:02

Definitely not a chilli.


Posted: 16/08/2013 at 11:01

supadad, lots of foliage and not many flowers is usually a sign of too much nitrogen in the soil.

Anaconda, if you're getting significantly different sizes and/or shapes on the same plant, the original seed could have been crossed. It's been known to happen with commercial seed suppliers. 


Posted: 16/08/2013 at 10:56

Have you fertilised it? If so, what with?


Posted: 16/08/2013 at 08:11

It's only worth taking the toms off the plant to ripen if where they're going is a lot warmer than where they currently are. What are your day and night temps like at the moment?

I wouldn't worry about the rain. Rain, per se, doesn't necessarily mean blight. Fungal spores like damp foliage, but there's less chance of them settling if there's plenty of air circulation. Besides, this late in the season, blight isn't going to have time to create any problems.

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