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Potato Leaf Tomato

Posted: 05/05/2014 at 13:40

Potato Leaf is just another leaf shape. Absolutely no difference in how the plant is grown. Less common than the Regular Leaf shape, and pretty much always larger leaves. A number of years ago there was a school of thought that the larger leaves coped better with fungal problems but the evidence was never more than anecdotal. I've found no difference. I find them more attractive than Regular Leaf plants.

Growing Tomatoes in Pots

Posted: 01/05/2014 at 18:00

Same principle, Simon. The quicker you get the root structure developing the better.

Growing Tomatoes in Pots

Posted: 01/05/2014 at 08:44

Nice work, Simon. For the first transplant I plant the seedlings deeper, almost down to the leaves, to encourage root development from the buried part of the stem (as wee as it is). Ditto later when planting out.


Posted: 30/04/2014 at 07:38

Too much fertiliser, particularly if it's high in nitrogen, can also impact on production.

Planting Tomatoes in hanging baskets

Posted: 29/04/2014 at 08:19

They're a bushy variety, I'd go with one plant per basket. Overcrowd them and you'll compromise growth and production.

Tomato Plants suddenly wilting

Posted: 29/04/2014 at 08:12

Jamie, plastic greenhouses can generate a lot of warmth even with a door open for ventilation. Sounds like they suffered a bit of heat shock. Check the moisture levels of the mix and give them a day in the shade to recover. They should be fine. If your daytime temps are at least around the mid-teens, the plants don't need the greenhouse.


Posted: 29/04/2014 at 08:07

They need full sun to prosper, Emma. In the meantime, give your seedlings as much sun and warmth as they can get and they should come right.

When is the last time to sow tomato seeds

Posted: 29/04/2014 at 06:38

Looking mighty good, John.

Tomato Black Russian?

Posted: 27/04/2014 at 13:01

That's mostly all true, Christopher, though their advice to spray after you find early symptoms of Early Blight is crook. The only effective spray technique is preventive - before the spores arrive. Once leaves are infected, there's no killing the spores apart from removing infected leaves and destroying them.

Late Blight is a lot, lot less common in domestic gardens. Early Blight is probably the most common domestic fungal problem, along with Septoria Leaf Spot.

My point was only that covering the plants won't protect from infection. Won't even reduce the chances. While damp foliage can be an incubator, the spores will still infect dry foliage. I see it every season. I get zilch rain in summer, have very low humidity, and still end up with Early Blight.

Tomato Black Russian?

Posted: 26/04/2014 at 14:23

A bit of rain won't hurt the plants. Blight arrives via fungal spores travelling on the breeze. If they're around, they will infect the foliage wet or dry. In other words, covering them from rain won't stop infection. 

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