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The Tomatoes have arrived!!

Posted: 13/04/2015 at 06:55

Forecast is looking pretty good. Same here. We've been getting 20C by day but cold overnight. Last night was 10C. I think I'll wait another week.

The Tomatoes have arrived!!

Posted: 12/04/2015 at 12:56

Are they spending any time outside in any sunshine during the day? Might be the light but they look a bit on the pale side. 

Pea Mould

Posted: 12/04/2015 at 11:58

Peas are prone to mildew unfortunately. You can try varieties that claim to be resistant. Doesn't mean they won't get it but (it is claimed) they will cope better if they do get it. It's also a good idea not to plant too close together. Allow plenty of room for air circulation.

I found fewer problems by planting as early as possible. Peas are incredibly sturdy, seedlings especially, and will cope with low temperatures. I've seen less mildew with a bit of chill in the air.

The Tomatoes have arrived!!

Posted: 12/04/2015 at 10:15

Lucy, they're fine in those pots. Mine live in smaller pots than that till they're planted out. A tad pot-bound doesn't hurt them.

They're established seedlings, 4C won't particularly hurt them. You'll have to wait till it's warmer overnight before planting them out, though. Bf (above) goes for 15 litre pots, which is fine. Personally, I'd go a bit bigger.

I can't see anything wrong with that leaf.

Sowing tomatoes cold greenhouse

Posted: 12/04/2015 at 09:20

Overnight temps of 5C won't particularly hurt established seedlings. Come planting out time, though, they will need closer to double figures in order to develop. Lower the overnight temp, the longer they will take.

Tomatoes indoors too early?

Posted: 08/04/2015 at 19:11

If you can grow bush types, you can grow any tom, Gillygee. Apart from as much sun as possible - 6 to 8 hours a day is ideal - it's all down to temperatures, especially overnight. Planting out when overnight temps are in single figures won't hurt the plant - within reason, obviously, I'm talking about 8 or 9C - but their development will be retarded. You're better off waiting.

As an experiment, I once planted out a couple of plants with overnight temps of around 8C. A month later, I planted out the rest with overnight temps of 12-14C. They matured at the same time. The early plantings took that much longer.

Fleece doesn't really compensate. 

The Tomatoes have arrived!!

Posted: 08/04/2015 at 06:47

Lucy, they will be much better off outside as soon as the weather allows. Toms need at least 6-8 hours a day of direct sunlight to perform at their best. They will produce with less but the results will be correspondingly less.

What are your tems at the moment - day and night - and what are your usual (if there's such a thing) temps - day and night - in summer?

The Tomatoes have arrived!!

Posted: 07/04/2015 at 06:39

Tomatoes thrive on controlled neglect, Lucy. Ovewatered and overfed are the worst things for them. 

I would still take them out of the propagator. The plants can't decide when they do and don't want moisture. If the soil in the pot has access to water it will soak it up regardless. It has to be allowed to dry out.

Sounds like you will be growing them outdoors in containers? 

The Tomatoes have arrived!!

Posted: 06/04/2015 at 07:27

Lucy, all 3 varieties are indeterminates, meaning they will need staking further down the track.

At this point all they need is as much light (preferably natural sunlight) as possible and some reasonable warmth. The aim is to let them develop under their own steam, building up their strength for the season ahead.

Take them out of the propagator. Water them only when necessary. The mix must not be permanently damp. It should be allowed to dry out between waterings. Toms are very sturdy things and shouldn't be mollycoddled.

If you have daytime temps into double figures, put them outside in a sunny spot, moving them to catch the sun if necessary. Bring them inside at night if the temps drop overnight. If your dayime temps are lower, put them on a tray or into a small crate and cover them with something like bubblewrap which will keep them warm while letting in any available sun. 

My seedlings live in 3" pots until they're ready to plant out. They're ready to plant out when they reach around 6" in height though obviously the timing depends on (a) your temperatures; and (b) where you're going to grow them.

You don't need to worry about staking till they're planted out. In good growing conditions expect the plants to grow up to 6', though the Green Zebra will likely be a bit more compact.

Aubergine seedlings - leggy?

Posted: 05/04/2015 at 09:28


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