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Posted: 14/05/2013 at 13:29

Costoluto Fiorentino is a nice tomato. Costoluto means "ribbed" in Italian, Fiorentino basically means "Florentine", or of Florence. Red, medium-sized, slightly flattened beefsteak. Heavily ribbed fruit. It's superior to another "Costoluto", "Genovese".

CF is a famous old Italian variety but I suspect it has been hybridised over the years, unfortunately. It's not as full of flavour as it used to be.

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Posted: 14/05/2013 at 12:52

They're all indeterminates, figrat. Bigger pots or into the ground. Is the Fiorentino a Costoluto Fiorentino?

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Posted: 14/05/2013 at 11:21

Fortnightly feeding is a lot, Elizabeth. Mine, in a pot like yours, gets a feed in spring and a couple more during the year. They will shed their older leaves. New growth going the same way sounds like more of a problem.

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Posted: 14/05/2013 at 11:09

10" is on the small side, even for a bush variety. Which varieties do you have, figrat?

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Posted: 14/05/2013 at 10:57

Here's a clearer picture of one the toms in its little pot. It's perfectly happy and will go into the ground later this week.

The three lowest wee branches will come off leaving only the canopy and it will be planted deeply so that the canopy is almost sitting on the top of the soil. All the buried stem will develop into root structure.


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Posted: 14/05/2013 at 10:02

Verdun, spring has taken its time here but it seems to have settled in. Daytime temps are 20-25C, overnight still gets down to 10C, but it's warm enough during the day for it not to impact too much on their development.

Bf, toms only really need two transplants - from where they germinate into little pots, then to their final destinations. The main benefit of transplanting is to give the root systems a wee shock. It stimulates them. I'd keep them in their small pots. Being a bit pot-bound doesn't hurt them in the slightest. In fact it probably does them more good than any root stimulation an extra transplant would achieve.

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Posted: 14/05/2013 at 07:25

I planted out the first of my lot nearly four weeks ago. Great daytime temps, overnight is still fluctuating.

Anna Russian:

Brandywine OTV (with its Potato Leaves):

Camp Joy (the cherry):

A couple of days ago I planted out a Doctor Neal - a large red beefsteak - in the back right corner, with 3 sweet chillies and two hot chillies:

And here's evidence that toms will live happily in small containers till they're ready to be planted out. I started these for a friend down in Umbria, they'll be planted out towards the end of this week:


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Posted: 14/05/2013 at 06:34
Bf206 wrote (see)

thanks bob, yeah think I will just hold on a bit longer. there are signs (famous last words!) of warmer weather from next week  i just want to make sure they're not 'held bck' by being in small pots but guess so long as watered enough should be ok? until mrs bf really has enough of plants taking over the house  

Bf, keeping them in smaller pots won't hold them back in the slightest. Toms are perfectly happy with their roots a bit restricted early on.

Nah, Dove, I think he's doing a tortiose-crawl through France and nothern Italy on the way home. Which ones did you end up starting? 

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Posted: 13/05/2013 at 20:03

Cripes, Dove, they get better care than the OH.

Leggy mint - help!

Posted: 13/05/2013 at 14:35

Mizzli, those instructions are just irresponsible.

Dove and Lizzie are right, usually you can't kill mint with an axe. In the ground, it can be an invasive pest.

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