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Posted: 26/05/2013 at 09:42

Verdun, decent soil, etc, aside, weather's really the key to a good crop. Temps from low 20sC upwards are the go. And don't pamper them. They thrive on controlled neglect.

The common fungal diseases - Early Blight, SLS, etc - don't really impact on either the quality or quantity of fruit providing sensible housekeeping is practised. Nip off the diseased leaves at the earliest opportunity, etc. With reasonale care, these common fungal problems rarely kill a plant.

Cripes, Bf, you've got a forest there! They look desperately in need of sun, too. You'd be hard pressed to dig holes deep enough to bury them down to the canopies. I'd aim for burying down to half way. Nip off the wee branches with sharp scissors, dig deeply and plant.


Posted: 26/05/2013 at 09:05

Verdun, sorry, but I never foliar feed tomatoes. Damp/wet leaves are an invitation to fungal problems. I know people do foliar feed in the mornings to let the sun dry the leaves but I wouldn't. Dry leaves and as much air circulation as possible are about the only natural aids against fungal problems.

Haven't heard of milk preventing deficiencies. Some claim milk is a guard against fungal problems. I've seen it argued that milk changes the pH of the surface of the leaf making it less comfortable for the fungal spores. But there's no scientific evidence, purely anecdotal.

artjak, toms will certainly grow without their stems being buried at planting time. The benefit of burying is the extra root structure. The stronger and more extensive the root system, the healthier the plant.


Posted: 26/05/2013 at 08:45

Good point, Verdun. Forgot about grafteds.


Posted: 26/05/2013 at 06:25

You can take off the cotyledons, Bf. Once you've got developed foliage the cotyledons have done their job. They provide the nourishment till the real leaves come along.

The deeper you bury the plants the better. All of the stem that's underground will turn into root structure. I take off all wee branches and foliage up to the canopy - the very top cluster of wee branches and foliage. Then I plant so that the canopy is virtually sitting on top of the soil. It will be off the soil within two or three days as the plant starts to grow.


Posted: 25/05/2013 at 07:39
greengardener2 wrote (see)

I have Gardener's Delight outside - but also, for the first time, something just called 'Italian Plum' tomato. Should I pinch out the side shoots of the latter or leave to grow as a bush? Anyone happen to know? Thanks

Haven't come across "Italian Plum" as the name of a variety. Sounds more like a description. San Marzano and other similiar tomatoes are "plums". What is its growth habit at the moment? Spreading like a bush variety or developing separate leaders with growing tips?

If it's a true "plum" variety it should be doing the latter as an indeterminate variety. You can nip out the side shoots.


Posted: 24/05/2013 at 10:29

Bf, it will be virtually impossible to tell the cherries apart for a while yet. They're all RL and the leaves are still developing. You'd get a better idea when the trusses start to form. Eg, Sungold develops a long cluster with the flowers pretty densely packed, Black Cherry's clusters aren't as long and the flowers are less densely packed.

But that's probably further down the track than you really want. Moral: Always label your plants!


Posted: 24/05/2013 at 07:14

You'd feed a couple of armies with 30 plants, Bf. There are two of us and I usually grow about 8 or 9 plants - in the ground, all indeterminates - and we struggle to eat all the toms. We're popular with our friends at tomato harvest time.


Posted: 23/05/2013 at 18:54

With indeterminates, Bf, the larger the pot the more chance the plant has of reaching its potential. Personally, I wouldn't go under 25 litres but they'll cope in 20 litres.

Most importantly, look for pot depth. The plants will need staking and the stakes need depth of soil for stability. Too shallow and the stakes - and plants - will blow over in the first strong wind.

Purple Tomato leaves

Posted: 23/05/2013 at 06:58

That's on the cool side. Still, they're tough little blighters.


Posted: 22/05/2013 at 08:19

Any chance of a photo, CLER? As Gilly says, it could be a fungal problem.

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