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tomato woes

As in previous years I grew my tomatoes from seed. I have used gardeners delight and country taste. For some reason all my plants put on about 4'-5' of growth before producing flowers. This has meant that they are only just at the flowering stage with a few small tomatoes  and I doubt that I will get any kind of crop this year. I have some in a porch, some in a shed, some in pots outside  and some in the ground. All have the same growth habit. What is so annoying is that a few left over plants I gave to my sister have grown in the usual way and she has a nice crop on each plant.

Can anyone throw any light on what has happened to my plants this year? It is the first time in over 40yrs I have had a problem.


  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Posts: 11,391

    Did you use a different compost, perhaps one which was much richer than usual?  Too much food before flowering is often the reason for this type of growth.

    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • frensclanfrensclan Posts: 119

    I think I did use a different compost when I potted on the plants Bob. It was one that had something like Growmore added to the bags. Didn't think of this till you mentioned it. I am just hoping now that I will get enough green tomatoes to  make the chutney I make every year! Thank you for your reply.

  • ItalophileItalophile Posts: 1,731

    Growmore is high in nitrogen, frensclan, which explains the growth in lieu of flowers, etc. If you're fertilising the plants, stop. Cut back watering, too. Force them to struggle. It might be too late but worth a try.

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