Tomatoes

My tomatoes are in pots and growbags in a glass unheated greenhouse money maker gardeners delight and a plum tomato sort they are growing like triffids with basil plants and melons near by getting only one or two red toms and lots of flowers i am feeding them with tomato food once a week and watering them twice almost every day is this enough also my tumbling toms planted from seed in june are in outside hanging baskets with only flowers on will they produce toms this year

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  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 19,727

    Italophile is the tomato expert on here girlyfox but I'd have thought the ones in the baskets might need a bit of help to get fruits if they were only sown in June. Could you get them into your greenhouse? I think if you're getting ripening fruits on the others and there are more flowers coming  there's not too much to worry about. Overwatering can often do more harm than good so if you have a feeding/watering regime that's working I'd say you're ok!. image

  • GirlyfoxGirlyfox Posts: 51

    Thankyou very much yes I will move my hanging baskets into the green house and cross my fingers I started them off in my plastic greenhouse then I got given a very old glass greenhouse and it has about six panes of glass made out of a plastic cover while we look for replacement glass but it is watertight and everything is growing big and happy so far image

  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 19,727

    Some of mine are quite triffidy too as they were inside with a radiator under them for ages before it was warm enough to get them out! They're just in those plastic growhouses and I've been eating toms for a little while now. There's lots of really helpful people and info on here about toms - I've learnt a lot- especially from Italophile.

     Lovely to eat toms you've grown  isn't it? image

  • GirlyfoxGirlyfox Posts: 51

    yes its so nice and far tastier than shop ones my sister gave me some plants this year they have been small but very tasty indeed and such big plants all growing at diffrent rates. i have been trying cut and come again lettuces this year and they grow back so fast we have already had about a month of lovely lettuce. the whole family love to see what appears overnight as things change so fast .image

  • ItalophileItalophile Posts: 1,647

    Girlyfox, you're overwatering and overfertilising. Don't water by rote, water when the plants need it - which is to say, when the mix dries out. Toms shouldn't sit in permanently damp mix. They shouldn't need fertilising more than once every three or so weeks.

    Toms will produce at their optimum if they're made to struggle a little bit. Toms, like most plants, exist to do one thing - reproduce themselves. Producing fruit is the tom's method of reproducing itself. And plants are most likely to feel the need to reproduce if they feel a bit threatened. A tom plant full of moisture and fertiliser doesn't feel in the slightest bit threatened. Just fat, bloated and comfortable.

    Your hanging baskets plants are still very young. Whether they produce fruit before the end of the season depends on the variety. Some varieties produce earlier than others. If it's sunny and warm where they are, leave them where they are.

  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener LeicsPosts: 6,475

    Yes, fantastic year for them here too, Verdun.  I know what you mean about deciding which is the best taste but the fact is any home-grown tom is so much more delicious than a supermarket one that you can't really believe they are the same things!  Some of mine are so tasty they almost hurt the tongue! image

    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 19,727

    Italophile- I must admit I don't feed mine too frequently , or at least I don't use too strong a mix, but I do water most days unless it's not overly hot as the temperature inside these little growhouses gets like an oven (especially in the recent  heatwave) and the plants dry out and wilt terribly. I ventilate them well, open them up every day, and have no pest problems - except for the thieving magpies!  Next year I'm going to try growing them a bit harder as you suggest and see if I get an even bigger crop. Your advice on here has been really helpful.  image

    Do you also  think it  makes a difference because yours are in the ground as opposed to being in pots? 

  • ItalophileItalophile Posts: 1,647

    Toms in pots do require more water overall than toms in the ground, Fairygirl. Toms in the ground can send their roots in search of moisture. Toms in pots have no such luxury, their roots are trapped inside the pot.

    If it's getting so hot inside the greenhouse it's an idea to put the plants outside during the day if you can. Extreme heat does the plants no good at all, regardless of how much water you pour on them.

     

  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 19,727

    Thanks for your reply Ital. I do try and get them as much air as possible but the horizontal supports on the growhouses mean I can't get them out easily! With the doors fully open it does help. I did think of putting a bit of light shading over them on the hottest days but the extreme heat seems to have passed now. Temps are mid to high twenties at most where the toms are and by mid afternoon they get a bit of relief from the sun. I'm getting a good crop so I'm not complaining too much!  image

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