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Tomorite - does anyone know how much the lid measures?

I’m sure I’m not the only one with this question but can’t see anyone else asking.

The instructions on the Tomorite bottle suggesting using 20ml to make 4.5 litres, and to use the measure on the lid.  I’ve been assuming that the lid therefore measures 20ml, but have never actually checked.

Is anyone able to please confirm and put my mind to ease?  Thank you
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  • Pete.8Pete.8 Billericay, EssexPosts: 9,057
    I have the big bottles of Tomorite and the inside of the cap has markings from 20ml up to 60ml.
    20ml is 4 teaspoons
    Or you could weigh it on digital kitchen scales.
    Put the cap on the scales and zero the reading.
    Fill the cap with tomorite and put it back on the scales - 20 grams = 20ml
    Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit.
    Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
  • MarlorenaMarlorena East AngliaPosts: 6,773
    I've had the same problem so I got the scales out some time ago to measure.  I've repeated it here today, and I presume you are using the same bottle as I am, this one below?  only it doesn't give any measuring scale on the cap, all it says is use the cap provided..


    ..the outside of the cap..

    12 ml..


    ..the inside of the cap..

    10ml..


    ..so for 4.5 ltre can, which I also have, I use 2 inside caps if I want to be exact..

    I also have a 10 ltr can, for that I use 4 inside caps..

    I've also been converted to this Organic version, ...

    ..which does come with a handy measuring cap..

  • AnniDAnniD South West UKPosts: 10,364
    I find it difficult to read the markings on these various feeds, so l bought a small measuring cup (other suppliers are available)
    https://www.dunelm.com/product/tala-small-measuring-cup-1000148595
  • WoodgreenWoodgreen Posts: 840
    That's just what I need, @AnniD.
    I too find it almost impossible to see the numbers on these caps. I'll send for one asap. Thank you.
  • Thank you very much all!

    Marlorena - that’s incredibly helpful. 12mls?!  So glad I thought to check - it turns out I’ve been under feeding my tomatoes for the last 2 years…. FRUSTRATING!!! I will also be changing to the Organic recipe as soon as I run out of the current batch.

    Anni - I will get a measuring device, that will be handy for a few things around the allotment.
  • philippasmith2philippasmith2 Posts: 1,919
    @jamesbowman1807 Just as a matter of interest, did your tomatoes suffer at all from the under feeding ?  Were you disappointed with the amount of fruit or the flavour at all ?
  • @philippasmith2 they weren’t great to be honest, but I also under-watered them and I think that probably had more of an impact.

    I’m expecting much better this year - I’ve just built a new polytunnel and have installed a DIY solar powered watering system so finger’s crossed!


  • philippasmith2philippasmith2 Posts: 1,919
    Looks very smart @jamesbowman1807 - hope you get plenty of things to pick and enjoy.  I really only asked because I've been growing toms for years now and find there is a fine line to be drawn in the water/feeding regime.  I find too much water tends to mitigate the flavour somewhat and make the fruit a bit "mashy" but it also depends on which variety you do.  So many now are bred to be "sweet" and have little of the tangy flavour which says TOMATO to me. 
    I'm afraid as time goes by, I am a bit hit and miss with the feed but tend to under rather than over do but rarely disappointed with them - at least not so far !!
    Good luck anyway - be interesting to know how you get on - always good to get other's experiences  :)  
  • I’ll let you know how I get on @philippasmith2.

    I’ve got an automatic watering system up and running now and watering on a daily basis, so hopefully I can be as consistent with the feeding also.
  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,555
    oooh, am I supposed to measure the stuff? I just tip a bit in to the pot as I play the hose on it
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