Posted: 25/07/2013 at 17:28
I've also got my first tomato plants, though they randomly grew in my garden rather than me planting them or cultivating in a greenhouse. I suspect they originate from the compost bin because in March I filled a window box from the compost box, but there was some compost mixed in with the soil.
One of them appears to be plum tomatoes and has so far sprouted just 5 small tomatoes. The other has grown taller but has only just sprouted a single tiny round tomato, which I suspect is a non-plum variety.
Up to last week, there were a fair few yellow flowers, but they seem to be going brown falling off now. Does that mean I won't get many tomatoes? I'm still trying to work out whether the tomatoes grow from the yellow flowers or if they grow separately to the tomatoes?
What time of year do they normally ripen, and what should I do to the vines (they're growing happily in large pots after being moved from the window box) when none are left? I'm hoping I can just leave the pot and new tomatoes will grow from the roots next year, but do I need to prune the vines down to the soil?