Forum home Fruit & veg

Advice on Tom's

Hi I have purchased 6 tomato plants they are money maker,super sweet 100,Alisa Craig,Alicante F1 Shirley and outdoor girl .I haven't got a green house but have a conservatory ,any growing tips welcome ,cheers
Ilona

Posts

  • pansyfacepansyface PEAK DISTRICT DerbyshirePosts: 20,117
    I grow mine in the conservatory every year. Mind you, it faces south, it has a glass roof, the walls are all glass apart from a knee-high wall, and it has underfloor heating.

    Mine grow like billy-ho in there. Here they are today, just starting out in life.

    By the time they get taller, I shall have moved the peach, lime and calamondin trees outside and out of the way and the tomatoes will each have a window seat for the summer.


    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
  • Ilona.SIlona.S Posts: 162
    Thanks pansy face,will they need support and potting on at some stage ?
    Ilona
  • pansyfacepansyface PEAK DISTRICT DerbyshirePosts: 20,117
    They will need support, yes. Even the shrubby ones that grow into a bush style of plant will need some support. But the vine-like ones that I grow need 2metre long canes to grow up.

    Mine go from their baby pots, maybe 3” diameter, straight into their permanent pots (the ones in the photo) which are about 15 litres in volume.


    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
  • Ilona.SIlona.S Posts: 162
    Thanks so much for your help 
    Ilona
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 46,171
    Hi @Ilona.S. In addition to @pansyface's excellent advice, if you live in a warm enough part of the country, some of them will be able to go outside later on - end of May/June.
    The most important thing is to keep a regular watering regime with them, and make sure they have ventilation as temps rise. As they will be very small just now, just try and keep them slightly drier, rather than too wet. It's something you'll learn as you go along  :)
    I pot mine on to a slightly bigger pot before going in their final one, but if your conservatory is very warm, they'll probably grow very quickly, so you may find you can do as pansyface does. 
    Good support is vital, and you'll find some of those will get very big, so make sure you think about that before they get out of control. They can suddenly become like triffids before you know it  ;)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • Ilona.SIlona.S Posts: 162
    Hi Fairygirl thanks will get the canes out 😊
    Ilona
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 46,171
    I grew some cherry toms at a previous house, in the very large conservatory - ideal for a jungle, never mind tomatoes  :D
    I rigged stuff up to the timber frame because, like pansyface, there was a low wall. I had the toms on that, in pots which sat in seed trays full of compost. That meant the plants themselves were lower down, and they got extra room 'up top' which was needed. 
    Make sure you have plenty of room in between each plant too. That way - you can get them going sideways too  :)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


Sign In or Register to comment.