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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.


Posted: 15/08/2013 at 13:44

Letting them mature will give you their full kick. They need decent warmth to hasten the ripening process.


Posted: 15/08/2013 at 10:08

In addition, Carol, time from planting out to maturity depends on the variety. Some take longer than others. Which variety are you growing? If the fruit is already well developed, it's a matter of keeping things sufficiently warm to aid ripening when the process starts.

I wouldn't worry about yellow leaves at this stage of the season. It's very common. Could be overwatering. How often do you water?


Posted: 15/08/2013 at 10:04

Good stuff, zoomer. Nothing better than a good crop to reward all the work and worry!

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