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Will I get any tomatoes ??

I’ve grown tomato plants from seed this year for the first time ! I’ve never grown tomatoes before so it’s all new to me. I’ve now got a little greenhouse with all its glass in unlike the last place where half was missing! So I’ve grown them in pots as there’s no soil/bed in the greenhouse . 

The seeds were very slow to germinate I think around March was when I planted them as per the packet instructions. I was about to give up but little plants started to come up but probably not till may. 

I’ve potted them on and they’re now about 2 foot high and in 2L size pots . They look healthy and I’ve just bought tomato feed but out of about 10 plants only 2 have just got tiny flowers . I haven’t got anywhere I can put them in the ground at the moment so they have to stay in pots. I’m experimenting with a couple outside as well as in the greenhouse.

Soooo my question is will I get fruit from them this year as they’ve taken so long to grow & flower? My garden is north facing but they are in a spot where they should get sun most of the day .


  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 54,358
    Yes - you should.  :)
    They've possibly gone out into the greenhouse a bit too soon, but that's largely due to this year being a lot colder in many areas than normal. In most years, they'd have been fine going out there. I'm assuming though, that you sowed the seed indoors - kitchen or similar, but perhaps you've sown them in the greenhouse? That would certainly make a difference to the growth. Light is very important early on, but without enough warmth, they won't grow very rapidly.
    I sow around mid March, in the house [windowsills] and they go out in the greenhouse around early to mid May. This year they were later, because my small greenhouse wasn't much warmer overnight than the outdoor temp, so I had to wait. The overnight temp is the important one.  A big greenhouse is easier than a small one too. My plants were already flowering well by the time they went out there. 
    Also - pots are fine - they don't need to be in the ground. Pot on when needed  :)
    As long as you have flowers, and they get pollinated, you should get some fruit. If they aren't ripening well, and it's getting a bit too cold, you can bring the toms [just the fruits]  in and they'll finish ripening in the house. You'll just have to keep an eye on temps.  :)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Posts: 11,391
    I agree with @Fairygirl, but the 2 litre pots you mention are far too small.  You really need at least 7l (25cm diameter & height) pots for tomato plants, and preferably 10l or more.  I use 11l square pots for those not in the ground.
    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • Nanny BeachNanny Beach Posts: 8,669
    Course a lot depends where you live. I sow my tomato seeds in January in the kitchen window sill. Initially they are in a greenhouse,then outside Even the potted ones, because come march,the green house is like an inferno.i always expect to be picking fruit by mid july
  • edhelkaedhelka Posts: 2,350
    I am going to be the nay-sayer here. If they are only just starting flowering (and only some of them), there just isn't enough time for them to ripen. This obviously depends on your location and the weather ahead of us but at least here, it usually takes 2 months from setting the fruit to it being ready. And I usually stop my plants around this time of the year.
    If we get a warm September and if your plants stay healthy, you could get some fruit in October but I am not sure I would want to waste compost for repotting for going for it. There's a better chance if they are cherries/small tomatoes.
    My tomatoes are also late this year, I sowed on 1st April (which is often recommended but a bit too late for colder areas) and then we got the very cold spring and everything got delayed. I will have my first tomatoes in September, the latest I've ever had.
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 54,358
    Do you grow outdoors though @edhelka? I'd have thought your climate was a bit too tricky for that, although I appreciate there's no hard and fast rules. I thought it would have been a bit wet for them outside. 
    Can't grow outside here - just not suitable weather wise. Summer weather is very inconsistent, and by mid August it's really quote autumnal - single figures overnight, so a greenhouse is needed. 
    I have loads of flowers still appearing, but should get fruit on most of them. Cherry varieties only. Under cover it's perfectly possible to get fruit ripening till quite late, but yes - all down to temps.  :)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • edhelkaedhelka Posts: 2,350
    @Fairygirl I used to, in our previous house, against a south-facing wall. Also hanging basket tomatoes. After I moved (not too far away), I've always got blight in mid-September, so now it is greenhouse only. But my greenhouse is a lean-to against a retaining wall and not in the sunniest place, so it doesn't get too hot.
    I have peppers ripening just now, both sweet and chilies (sowed in early Feb) and it looks like I am going to have some sweetcorn (outside), so it isn't too bad. August is our warmest month but very humid and often rainy. September is usually still nice and warm.
  • frensclanfrensclan Posts: 119
    I garden up a hill in the Welsh valleys and only have a small plastic greenhouse. To some extent it depends on which variety you are growing. I grow sun gold and gardeners delight from seed and some have fruit and others just flowering depending where they have been outside. I find that many of the plants will stagger on to give me ripe toms before it gets too cold but what I really look forward to is gathering all the green ones when all hope has gone and making "green tomato chutney" it is a lovely reminder of the summer in the depth of winter and tastes great too. Good luck and happy growing
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 54,358
    I wondered @edhelka. I thought you'd have a similar climate to me, but maybe a wee bit warmer. I have one of those small polycarbonate growhouses ,which gets very hot when it's warm, but isn't much cop when it's cold, so it's always a bit of a dodgy timing situation with toms. I don't have room for a bigger greenhouse, unless I gave up a new bed I created against the extension I built. Always a compromise somewhere   :)

    September is usually a lovely month here, although not the temps for things like toms. Great for walking. My favourite month I think.  :)
    I thought of trying the hanging basket types, to see if it would be good for an extra crop, and also one I could bring into the house if needed. Haven't got round to it though. 
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • edhelkaedhelka Posts: 2,350
    @Fairygirl Yes, I think we are warmer (possibly similar summer but milder autumn and winter here). There is a vineyard close to us and their wine isn't bad at all.
  • raisingirlraisingirl Posts: 7,016
    It's too soon to give up on them, we can agree at least on that?
    “It's still magic even if you know how it's done.” 
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