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Beetroot Problems

Posted: 12/06/2013 at 18:17

Dudley, if the bed is full compost it should retain plenty of moisture. One of the benefits of using compost. It might look dry on top but it's probably damp underneath. Test it by sticking a finger deep into the soil.

I grow beetroot here in central Italy where it gets stinking hot and I rarely water every day.

Tree Tomato - any tips?

Posted: 12/06/2013 at 10:45

No, it's from the tomato family but not a tomato. They can grow into pretty big specimens too.

Tomatoe plants...basic how to guide needed?

Posted: 12/06/2013 at 10:38

Dotty, you generally get what you pay for with potting mix. It's worthwhile investing in top quality stuff. The cheaper ones can be rubbish. If the "trough" is as small as you seem to be suggesting that could explain why the mix is drying out so quickly.

Beefsteaks grow into big plants - 6' tall or more - with strong root systems. Put them into decent-sized pots with top quality mix. Given that they need to be staked, you'd need pots at least 35cm deep in order to give the stake sufficient mix to hold it up. Too shallow a pot and the stake won't be stable. A strong wind will blow the stake over, taking the plant with it.

Here are a couple of my beefsteak varieties in the ground. They've been in around 5 weeks and have a lot of growing to do yet.

BRANDYWINE OTV:

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/25333.jpg?width=480&height=350&mode=max

The first BRANDYWINE OTV fruit:

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/25334.jpg?width=480&height=350&mode=max

And PINK GAETANO:

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/25335.jpg?width=480&height=350&mode=max

 

Tomato plant problem

Posted: 12/06/2013 at 10:10

There's also the fact that not all flowers will turn into fruit. If they're not pollinated, they will wither and fall off.

Temps, as mentioned above, can also be a factor. What sort of temps are they getting?

Overfertilising and overwatering can also cause flowers to fail. How often are they being fed and watered?

Beetroot Problems

Posted: 12/06/2013 at 10:07

Yep, beetroot need plenty of sun and warmth. And they'd only need watering every day in the hottest conditions.

chilli plant

Posted: 12/06/2013 at 09:52

Chillies need exactly the same temps and conditions as toms to prosper.

Tomatoe plants...basic how to guide needed?

Posted: 11/06/2013 at 18:55

Dotty, what sort of soil are they planted in? Commercial potting mix? It sounds very odd that the soil is dry and sandy when it's being watered every day.

Like BB, I'd like to know the dimensions of the trough, too.

Have a look at the Miracle Grow pack. You'll see figures for N, P and K. That's Nitrogen, Phosphorous and the K stands for Potassium. What are the numbers on the pack? They're the key figures to look at in fertilisers for toms.

For toms, the N figure should be low, the P and K figures substantially higher.

Talkback:

Posted: 10/06/2013 at 15:08

Stuart, it's definitely a fungal disease. As Dove says, remove the affected foliage and destroy it. And, as she also says, either get them out of the polytunnel or ventilate it very well. Fungal spores thrive in humid air and polytunnels trap lots of it inside.

And cut back on the watering. Toms would only need water every day in the hottest conditions. Let the mix dry out before watering again.

Tomatoe plants...basic how to guide needed?

Posted: 10/06/2013 at 15:02

Dotty, do you mean you're watering every day? They don't need that much water. Let the mix dry out.

What sort of Miracle Grow fertiliser do you have in the shed? Standard all-purpose Miracle Grow isn't suitable for toms. It has way too much nitrogen. You'll end up with lots of foliage at the expense of fruit. You'd be better off buying a tomato-specific fertiliser. Don't use it till you get your first fruit setting and use it only sparingly afterwards.

Poorly tomatoe plant leaves

Posted: 10/06/2013 at 09:43

Yes, could be a phosphorous deficiency, particularly if they've been overfertilised. Overfertilising, ironically, can affect the plant's uptake of various necessary nutrients.

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