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Growing Tomatoes in Pots

Posted: 28/05/2014 at 17:22

SP93, not even the very first indications of flowers? Absolutely miniature versions that will develop? Some varieties will take longer than others. What varieties are they?

In the meantime, how big are the pots? How warm does it get in the greenhouse?

It's not too late to sow in terms of germination. The seeds should be sown no deeper than they are thick - which is to say, very shallow, just covered with mix. The mix should be kept damp, not wet, and the ideal temp for germination is in the 20sC, warmth preferably from underneath.

Chilli plants

Posted: 23/05/2014 at 07:30

Chillies demand patience. Slow to germinate, slow to develop. Mine are about the same height and are only just showing the first glimpse of flower development.

jasmine not flowering

Posted: 22/05/2014 at 17:09

That's more than likely the problem.

jasmine not flowering

Posted: 22/05/2014 at 14:46

Has it had any fertiliser? Mine has a liking for rose fertiliser in spring and a couple of times throughout the year.

Damaged tomato, help!

Posted: 22/05/2014 at 08:47

I'm with John. And keep the plant in the shade for a few days to let it recover.

Growing Tomatoes in Pots

Posted: 21/05/2014 at 21:23

There's more than one variety around with Roma in the name, Simon. They can be determinate or indeterminate depending on which one.

parsnips seedlings

Posted: 21/05/2014 at 17:51

Odd. I've grown Gladiator F1 and always had good germination. Maybe you ended up with a dud batch.

Delphinium Soil Ammendments

Posted: 21/05/2014 at 13:06

We're in the centro storico of a wee hill town, BF. The garden is 250sqm on three terraces. Very rare in the centro storico of wee hill towns. In fact, our back fence is the medieval wall around the remains of the 15th century tower at the very top of the town.

I don't see anything like enough ladybirds either. For aphids, and I get them in plagues, too many to pick or hose off, I use a pyrethrum spray. It's organic in that it's derived from Chrysanthemums but, obviously, it knocks over beneficial insects too. Pyrethrum is the English name, it's Piretro in Italian. It's commonly available.

It's a contact spray, not systemic. You have to hit the pests to kill them. It doesn't have any residual impact. The pests will return the next day. I had to go down the nasty chemical route once when I couldn't get Piretro. Decis jet is a Bayer product that's systemic. It kills the pests and any that return until the next rainfall that washes off the stuff.

The nasty black insects on the roses are probably maggiolini. No idea what they're called in English. A friend down in Umbria, a rose fanatic, is driven mad by them every year. The locals say they disappear in June but my friend claims otherwise. They're also supposed only to attack light-coloured roses. I'll find out. She has given me a light-coloured rose that is just about to bloom!

Bell Peppers

Posted: 21/05/2014 at 07:24

They're not going to get enough light inside. If they're an inch and a half or more tall, get them out of the propagator and into pots no bigger than 3". They need to get some roots developing which won't happen in the propagator.

Put them into the greenhouse which, hopefully, will give them sunlight and warmth. If the overnight temps in the greenhouse get below about 12C, bring them inside overnight. Put them out again next day.

Bell Peppers

Posted: 20/05/2014 at 21:33

Spindly (or leggy) means they're looking for light. Light is the priority now. Where do they live at the moment? Inside?

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