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Posted: 17/08/2013 at 13:44

If a hybrid variety, there shouldn't be much variation in size or shape if any at all. Heirloom varieties will often produce different sizes, and, very very occasionally, even a different colour as a colour gene mutates.


Posted: 17/08/2013 at 07:50

I don't use Miracle Grow so don't know it. What's the NPK figure on the packet? If the N figure - nitrogen - is high, it could explain all the foliage and no flowers. Nitrogen encourages leaf growth at the expense of flowers. I find a dedicated rose fertiliser has the right NPK balance for jasmine.


Posted: 16/08/2013 at 15:23

I haven't grown Tumbling Toms so I don't know whether they're a naturally thick-skinned variety. Others will certainly know. Some varieties just are. It's in their genes.

Toms can also thicken their skins in warm weather, particularly if moisture has been lacking. It's their way of preserving moisture.


Posted: 16/08/2013 at 11:02

Definitely not a chilli.


Posted: 16/08/2013 at 11:01

supadad, lots of foliage and not many flowers is usually a sign of too much nitrogen in the soil.

Anaconda, if you're getting significantly different sizes and/or shapes on the same plant, the original seed could have been crossed. It's been known to happen with commercial seed suppliers. 


Posted: 16/08/2013 at 10:56

Have you fertilised it? If so, what with?


Posted: 16/08/2013 at 08:11

It's only worth taking the toms off the plant to ripen if where they're going is a lot warmer than where they currently are. What are your day and night temps like at the moment?

I wouldn't worry about the rain. Rain, per se, doesn't necessarily mean blight. Fungal spores like damp foliage, but there's less chance of them settling if there's plenty of air circulation. Besides, this late in the season, blight isn't going to have time to create any problems.


Posted: 16/08/2013 at 08:03

Good thinking, Zoomer. The "plum" varieties - which includes pear-shaped - are more prone to BER than other varieties. No one knows why. Something in their genetic make up, probably.


Posted: 16/08/2013 at 07:59

Different varieties go through various colours, Zoomer. Some ripen as green.


Posted: 16/08/2013 at 07:57

No, David, it's fungal. The spores are airborne. Once it's in situ, it can also be transmitted via the hands, secateurs, etc.

As Bookertoo says, there are sprays that claim to deal with black spot but they're only of use if sprayed preventively - that is, very early in the season, before the spores arrive. Once the spores have settled on the leaves and the symptoms are showing, there's no point spraying. All you can do is remove the affected leaves, destroy them, and keep the ground around the plants clear of any diseased plant material.

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