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first time tomato grower seeks advice

Posted: 18/07/2013 at 07:32

everos, don't be tempted to overfertilise them. If they're planted in good, healthy soil in the first place they just don't need much extra nutrition.

Once when the first fruit appears, then maybe a couple more times over the length of the growing season. Tom plants pumped full of nutrients are less likely to produce to their full potential than plants left to cope for themselves.

Toms, like most plants, exist to reproduce themselves - which, in the tom's case, means producing fruit. They'll be much more inclined to reproduce themselves if they feel ever so slightly threatened. Stuffed full of nutrients, they feel no real need. You'll get fruit, certainly, but less than the plant is capable of giving you.


Posted: 18/07/2013 at 07:20

Bob, I think there's a general tendency to overfertilise in the veg garden. Starting with good healthy soil usually means there's sufficient goodness available.

Tomato Problem

Posted: 17/07/2013 at 07:30

Bf, doesn't matter what the temperature is, the plant will tell you if it needs water. As I say, check them at night after the warmth of the day has passed.

My toms are all in the ground and we're getting temps in the 30sC every day with low-20sC overnight. I water deeply about every four days. Toms don't need pampering. They're very sturdy - tough, even - critters. Mollycoddle them and they won't produce at their best.

first time tomato grower seeks advice

Posted: 17/07/2013 at 07:25

Bf, water by whichever means lets you soak the mix without splashing either water or mix up onto the foliage. Don't blast with a hose, for example. Think in terms of a gentle soak, and I stress the word soak.

bigolob, you're right about the watering, but warmer weather shouldn't mean more fertiliser. Overfertilising can be a cause of tomato problems. It bloats the plant, making it susceptible to ailments. Toms in containers shouldn't need fertilsing more than once every three weeks to a month.

Sweet peppers (bell peppers, whatever you want to call them lol)

Posted: 17/07/2013 at 07:18

George, pepper seeds always take a while to germinate, a lot longer than tomatoes, for example. I've often had to wait for a month or more.

It's also highly likely that the supermarket variety is a hybrid, hence the seeds won't grow true to type anyway.

bay tree

Posted: 17/07/2013 at 07:11

Pamela, the most reliable method is probably using the suckers that grow up from the base of the tree.

first time tomato grower seeks advice

Posted: 16/07/2013 at 16:06

Good advice. Even more so for toms planted in the ground. Infrequent very deep watering is the go. It drives the roots deeper into the soil. Frequent shallow watering keeps the roots towards the surface.

Tomato Problem

Posted: 16/07/2013 at 14:18

Bf, the plant looks absolutely healthy. The weather is warm, it will droop a little. Don't be tempted to increase the watering. Out of interest, what does it look like after the sun goes down? In warm weather, you'll often find plants that droop a little during the day will perk up again after dark.

In fact, that's the best test for water requirements for toms in warm weather, particularly planted in the ground. Don't check them during the day. Check in the cool of the evening. If they're drooping in the cool of the evening, water. If not, don't.


Posted: 16/07/2013 at 14:13

That's a bit recent. As I said above, if the soil is decent in the first place, it shouldn't need fertilising. I don't think I've ever fertilised my various beetroot beds.

Tomato experiment

Posted: 16/07/2013 at 14:09

Judy, what's Monty's experiment? Can you give me some details?

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