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tomatoes

Posted: 14/08/2013 at 13:24

Warmth and sunlight for growing, warmth for ripening. Sunlight doesn't play a role in the ripening process.

q-about-tom-plants

Posted: 14/08/2013 at 10:31

Zoomer, at this stage of the season you might as well make room to support the other plants. You can either hang the plants, as Welshonion suggests, or harvest the maturing fruit. There's no real difference. The plants, out of the ground, will die anyway. The harvested fruit doesn't need sunlight to continue ripening, just warmth.

onions-too-small

Posted: 14/08/2013 at 10:23

Onions tend to like nitrogen and phosphorous but don't overdo the nitrogen. It's always best to prep the bed well before planting.

tomatoes

Posted: 14/08/2013 at 10:19

As a very very general rule of thumb, given optimum (or close to) conditions, a medium-sized tom will take a month to six weeks to ripness from the time it starts to change colour. Once you see the fruit start to lighten in colour from its darkest green, the process is under way.

tomatoes

Posted: 13/08/2013 at 14:04

nanny, ripening is controlled by temperature, nothing else. Sunlight has direct no role to play beyond supplying temperature. Optimum temps for ripening are low-20sC and above. Below that, they will ripen, but more slowly the lower the temp goes. If the temps get down to low teens, they would be better off inside on the kitchen bench.

A tom's ripening process is actually an internal chemical process. The plant plays no actual role beyond sustaining the fruit. There also comes a point in the ripening process when the fruit actually stops drawing sustenance from the plant. The plant's job is done.

why-wont-my-chillis-turn-red

Posted: 12/08/2013 at 12:43

Some varieties mature as green, DL.

whats-your-favourite-green-bean

Posted: 12/08/2013 at 06:28

I'm with Jigsaw. Cobra F1, a hybrid, is an excellent reliable producer.

grape-leaf-postules---harmful-or-not

Posted: 12/08/2013 at 06:26

I get those pustules on my grape leaves, mimondo. I was told it was a mite. I used to pick off the affected leaves but ended up not worrying. Didn't affect the plant.

advice-please-re-my-tomato-plants

Posted: 11/08/2013 at 15:55

Zombie, most plants that flower and fruit are only seeking to reproduce themselves. It's the only reason they exist. In simple terms, if they're chockers with nutrition, they don't feel remotely threatened, they feel no need to reproduce. They will, because it's in their genes, but they will be keener to reproduce if they feel ever so slightly threatened.

advice-please-re-my-tomato-plants

Posted: 11/08/2013 at 13:09

And cut back the feeding to every couple of weeks at most. Toms aren't hungry plants. In fact, they will produce more if left to struggle a bit in terms of both feeding and watering.

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