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Tomato/Chilli Transplants not growing!

Posted: 26/04/2013 at 12:50

Tom, if they had true leaves when transplanted they were ready. You can even transplant at cotyledon stage if you're careful. I do. Despite the tin foil-lined box and the south-facing window, they just haven't had enough light. They might also not be warm enough.

If you have a desk lamp or similar around the place, put them under the light. Lower the light - or raise the plants - till the light is about an inch and a half above the plants. You won't burn the plants. Leave the light on for at least 12 hours a day. Watch the moisture levels in the mix because the warmth will dry things out.

Runner bean quandry

Posted: 22/04/2013 at 19:41

Welshonion got it right ...

... and you'd have to catch me first, Mummy Muddy Paws.

Runner bean quandry

Posted: 22/04/2013 at 17:40
Welshonion wrote (see)

Just checked.  Rymans sell blotting paper.

What about dip-in ink wells for my desk?

Runner bean quandry

Posted: 22/04/2013 at 10:08

See if they have any dip-in ink wells for my desk while you're there.

Raspberries

Posted: 22/04/2013 at 08:54

MrCP, for starters, they need well-drained soil so you'd have to dig in a lot of organic material to aid the drainage. Apart from that, they're not difficult. They like lots of sun. Here in central Italy it gets achingly hot in summer so mine are in a spot that you'd describe as part shade. They thrive.

You'll need sufficient space to provide some sort of support for the canes as they grow. Traditionally they're tied to wires strung tightly between sturdy stakes or poles. Canes can grow to 6' or more.

Pruning methods depend on whether you grow summer- or autumn-fruiting varieties.

Peppers

Posted: 22/04/2013 at 08:41

Gaz, the only time I grew Jalapenos the plants grew to about 3' or 4'. Treat chillies exactly the same as you would tomatoes. As much sun and warmth as possible.

MrCP, temperature (warmth) rather than direct sunlight is the key to ripening. That said, different types ripen to different colours. It depends what you're growing. For larger types, give them a rap. A hollow sound says they're ripe. For smaller types, you should see some withering of the stem at the stem end.

Runner bean quandry

Posted: 22/04/2013 at 07:46

Blotting paper, Welshonion? I remember that stuff. Is it still around?

Trouble germinating sweet corn

Posted: 22/04/2013 at 07:44

My sweetcorn has just germinated. Started the seeds in toilet roll tubes full of damp mix. Our daytime temps here have hit the mid-20sC. I left the rolls in a crate wrapped in bubble wrap for extra warmth on the terrace during the day, put them under cover at night. They all germinated within a week.

tomatoes

Posted: 21/04/2013 at 18:18

Transplanting deeply encourages strong root growth. Any stem that is buried will become root structure. When transplanting into their final home, I take off all branches and leaves up to the top foliage, the canopy. Plant so that the canopy is virtually sitting on the soil. Just lift the leaves a tad when watering until the canopy grows up clear of the soil. It won't take long.

Runner bean quandry

Posted: 21/04/2013 at 09:11

Hi Wendy. For the bean (seed) to be truly viable it needs to be mature which it isn't straight from the pod. Beans for sowing are left on the plant to dry out completely before harvesting for sowing. Given your time-frame, your best bet is probably to buy some dried beans, take the fresh bean (seed) from a pod, show them the difference and explain it. The fresh bean (seed) will, eventually, turn into the dried one. Then plant the viable dried one.

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