If you are looking for advice on how to grow tomatoes, using pots in a greenhouse then please have a look at my latest video. Enjoy! http://youtu.be/fEhng2J6a-c
Sorry but the insert video method did not work, but I have now included the link which you can click and it will take you to the video.
The above video was the third part in a small series (more still to come as the tomatoes grow!).
Here is the link to the first one in the series http://youtu.be/KBK4dsc0Lf0
and the second part http://youtu.be/6Lli2VZLbkQ
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I am always keen to see/hear about new ways of growing tomatoes so please comment.
Nice work, Simon. For the first transplant I plant the seedlings deeper, almost down to the leaves, to encourage root development from the buried part of the stem (as wee as it is). Ditto later when planting out.
Thanks for your comment Italophile. I will give that a try next year. I do plant the larger plants deeper in "growing tomatoes Part 3" (the second transplant) but have never tried it at the early stage. What you say makes good sense! Thanks.
Same principle, Simon. The quicker you get the root structure developing the better.
The tomatoes are growing well (checked them tonight). Along a similar theme, I will add a few more handfuls of compost to each pot as the compost settles with watering. Again, this will encourage root formation up the stem of the plant.
Does planting toms deeper prevent the roots from showing as they get bigger? I find that my tomatoes seem to pull out of the ground. Have space in the g.house for 5 then will plant the rest (used up an old packet of seeds and they've nearly all grown) in tubs outside.
Yes it does stop that problem and the plants get more feed! Have a look at my videos, if you haven't already, hopefully you will see a few useful tips! Links are above.
Foodie, when transplanting to their final growing spot, either in pots or in the ground, carefully nip off all the lower wee branches and foliage. Leave only the top foliage, which amounts to the canopy. Plant the seedlings deeply, with the canopy just above the soil level. You shouldn't have trouble with roots appearing on the surface unless they go into a pot which is too small.