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Eucalyptus Tree - should it stay or go?

Posted: 11/10/2013 at 08:51

Couldn't agree more. The roots will pillage your foundations. They can wreak havoc with drains and sewerage pipes too.


Posted: 11/10/2013 at 08:45

Yep, suckers are the way to go.

best flavoured tomatoes

Posted: 11/10/2013 at 07:07

Bob, Sungold always splits on the plant. Very thin skins. You can harvest them a bit earlier to avoid it. They're too sweet for my liking, I find the sweetness overpowers whatever other taste they have.

greenfingers, Dr Carolyn Pink is a nice tom. Named for Dr Carolyn Male, an American heirloom tomato legend. It's a stabilised grow-out from a pink fruit that appeared on a Dr Carolyn plant. Dr Carolyn is an ivory-coloured cherry. Yet another example of the fun and games that can happen growing heirloom toms. Sometimes the pure gene pools throw up some interesting hiccups.

Saving bird eye chilli seeds

Posted: 10/10/2013 at 14:54

Half an inch is too deep for tom seeds, nicola. They should be just covered and that's all. I drop them on top of the mix, sprinkle just enough mix over them to hide them, and press down gently.

How exactly did you ferment them in your propagator?

Saving bird eye chilli seeds

Posted: 10/10/2013 at 09:00

nicola, it's preferable, but tomatoes don't need to be 100% mature for seeds to be viable. Anything approaching 50% mature - when the tom has visibly developed some colour - will suffice. Your issue could have been one of sowing. How did you sow the tom seeds?

Passion fruit flowers

Posted: 07/10/2013 at 08:14

Passionfruit vines will usually drop some leaves in autumn as things cool down. If the leaves are a healthy green it should be nowt to worry about.

im going to pots :)

Posted: 01/10/2013 at 13:02

Fair enough too, Lyn. I don't know whether they were hybrids or not but did you notice any differences between individual fruits on a plant?

tomato problems

Posted: 01/10/2013 at 10:05
rocketman wrote (see)

Thnx for this. Maybe I had them too close together. I watered them evering evening - about two pints per plant. I did this because I understood if they flopped that would cause blossom end rot.

As a precaution I intend to spray the whole greenhouse with Jeyes fluid in the early spring

rocketman, if it was Blossom End Rot, it's caused by plant stress. The plant, stressed, is unable to distribute sufficient calcium via its internal mechanisms to the fruit.

Planting too close together won't trigger BER. It's more likely to create a climate for fungal problems with a lack of air circulation.

It's often said that an irregular watering pattern is the major cause of BER, the irregular pattern stressing the plant. It will certainly cause BER. As can fluctuating temperatures, excessive heat, etc. As can overwatering. I think you were overwatering. I'd follow Dovefromabove's watering pattern posted above. Less is always better with toms, both water and fertiliser. Toms perform at their best when left pretty much to their own devices.

It's hard to know what the problem was at the stem end of the fruit. Have you already disposed of the fruit? Is there a chance of a photo?


im going to pots :)

Posted: 01/10/2013 at 09:39

The only thing about sowing seeds from bought peppers is that hybrid varieties won't grow true to the parent.

when to get tomatoes in

Posted: 29/09/2013 at 09:37

artychris, ripening is down to temperature alone. Optimum temps are anything above low-20sC. Overnight temps are important too. When daytime temps get down to low-mid teens and overnight temps even lower, they're better off inside where it's consistently warmer. For larger varieties, sit them upside down on their shoulders to prevent skin bruising sitting on hard surfaces.

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