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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.

Tomato varieties

Posted: 27/09/2013 at 15:47

A Private Message. Run your cursor over my avatar and you should see an option to Message. Give me some details and I'll send you some seeds for varieties that might suit your needs.

growing cucumbersin a polytunnle

Posted: 27/09/2013 at 09:14

I'd be wary of too much humidity with cukes. It creates a climate ripe for mildew.

Tomato varieties

Posted: 27/09/2013 at 09:11

bigolob, send me a PM.


Posted: 26/09/2013 at 06:46
Welshonion wrote (see)

To be honest, I think it's a crop that is best left to the professional.  If they are still small now, there's not much time for them to grow much bigger.

I tend to agree. They take a long time, need ideal conditions and care, and you can still end up with something golf ball-size. The only reason I tried growing celeriac was because it's near impossible to buy in central Italy. It's found a bit more in the north.


Posted: 25/09/2013 at 07:36

You should be able to store them the same way you'd store any root veg - kept cool in a box of damp (not wet) sand or similar.

I keep silver beet going through winter under a small tent of fleece. About the best green for the winter is Cavolo Nero (or Black Tuscan Cabbage or sundry other names). I grow it through the winter without covering it. Even snow doesn't bother it.

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