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Tomatoes with 5.5 hours sun....wishful thinking?

Posted: 09/06/2013 at 10:24

China, 6 hours of sun a day is generally considered the minimum for optimum production of toms in concert with temps in at least the low 20sC. They will still produce with fewer hours and lower temps but on a sliding downwards scale.

As Dove says, warmth is the key to ripening. They don't need direct sunlight. That's why toms will ripen inside on a kitchen bench.


Posted: 07/06/2013 at 13:44

They're fine in those pots, Leggi, even at 6". They're grown virtually identically to toms. About the only difference is that you don't need to plant them out as deeply as toms. Plant them out with the top of the mix level with the soil you're planting into. If they're peppers as in capsicums, you'll need to stake them.


Posted: 07/06/2013 at 13:19

Leggi, I've planted them beside anything and everything over the years without any problems. They're still in pots at the moment? How big? They can very comfortably stay in 3" pots till they're planted out.

Moving tomatoes outside

Posted: 05/06/2013 at 08:34

You're right, Bf, you don't want to take off too much foliage. The plants need it for photosynthesis. It's a matter of striking a balance. The plant looks all right. A bit spindly still, but that's a legacy of the lack of light earlier in its life. Leave the foliage for now, give them as much sunlight as possible, even if it means moving the pots around to capture the sun. And don't overwater.


Posted: 05/06/2013 at 07:09

BB, you know all about growing in the heat then. Not much breeze here when it heats up, unfortunately. Just still, baking heat. The only saving grace is that it's pretty clear heat.

In Sydney, while not usually as hot in terms of numbers, the oppressive humidity was the killer. The saving grace, though, was that I could grow toms for about nine months a year. I used to grow Brandywine Sudduth as a purely autumn crop, after the worst of the humidity had passed. It won't set fruit in heat and humidity.

Minibell Tomatoes- Anyone grown them?

Posted: 04/06/2013 at 18:09

Singy, you just have to make sure you get a growing tip on the cutting.  Like most other cuttings, put it in some damp mix in a small pot, keep it warm but not in direct sunlight of any strength. Some people put them into a jar of water and wait for roots to develop. I do it every year for an autumn crop to save both time and starting more seeds.

Planting Passion Fruit Outside

Posted: 04/06/2013 at 14:11

Passionfruit needs full sun to prosper, NG. I doubt any sun is going to be hot enough to bother it directly after the transplant.

Minibell Tomatoes- Anyone grown them?

Posted: 04/06/2013 at 14:02

Cuttings with growing tips are always a good idea. They're a great head start, taking a month to six weeks off the usual time to maturity.

Tomato Plant

Posted: 03/06/2013 at 07:25

Lu, the temp in the greenhouse sounds fine. It's hard to know about the Moneymaker without seeing a photo.

In your earlier post you say the greenhouse is very small. How small? The varieties you have are all indeterminate varieties. They will grow to around 6' in height. And they will need to be staked in order to support the plants as they grow.

What size pots are they in?

Watering tomatoes

Posted: 01/06/2013 at 07:44
Ben 3 wrote (see)

Remeber that toms grow in hot and dry countries, i tend to soak them say every other day but feed on a regular basis.  Just watch for side shoots.

Toms had their origins in the warmth of mesoamerica growing wild. They were eventually domesticated but would never have been pampered. To this day they remain immensely tough, resilient plants just as they were eons ago. Amazingly so. They thrive on controlled neglect. It's worth a wee experiment to see what effect less water and fertiliser has.

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