Tomato plant problem
Fishy65 Posts: 2,275
in Fruit & veg
I bought some tomato plants nearly a month ago from the local GC, a bush variety called Garden Pearl. They were very small at the time but now are getting way too big for the kitchen window sill. Is there any way to slow them down?
In fact, it’s still not to late to sow some, many people don’t sow until start of April, they germinate much quicker and will be the right size to go out at the start of June.
Tomato seeds don’t need heat or artificial lights, shady windowsill is fine.
I sowed on 10/3 last year too and picked my first tomato on 29 June.
To slow them down, keep them cool but not below about 13c, but in a very bright position to stop them going leggy again.
And try and hold back for a while next year
Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
It's always a problem when GCs have them so early in the year!
They'll be fine, as long as you have enough room for them somewhere a bit cooler. Just keep them ticking over for now.
As Lyn says, try some seeds next year, and wait till a bit later for starting them if you don't have a greenhouse or similar.
I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
So what is it with GCs selling tomato plants so early? Do they assume we all have heated GHs? I bought the plants on 7th March.