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PostPosted: Fri Sep 05, 2008 9:24 pm    Post subject: RED ALERT for RED ALERT Tomato growing. Reply with quote

Most of my (10) RED ALERT (bush type) tomato plants which, "don't need any support " according to the package, went and broke on me this year. I grew them in 9" and 6" pots and placed them beside a north facing wall (see pic) and they were well protected from the wind, but with the weight of the fruits most of the branches snapped especially the trusses near the base of the plant. it did say they were a good plant to grow in pots. so has anyone got some tips for next year.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 10, 2008 11:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi hawthorn, you have a great crop of tomatoes there! I must remember the name for next year. They are ripening outdoors in the weather we have been having?! I always try to support the trusses by putting some support under them or tying the trusses to something, I think they dry out and get a bit brittle as the season goes on. Maybe the directions are not for plants which bear the amount of fruit yours has! I would also put in a bamboo support in the centre when planting. Surprised Surprised Surprised
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 10, 2008 9:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

As described on the seed package... "Up to 2.5kg (5lb) of tasty tomatoes from every plant is what a red alert gives, and you don't even need a greenhouse because it is an outdoor bush type". I must say it is a superb variety and the 10 plants i have grown this year have produced an abundance of fruits (considering the weather) (and the amount of trusses that broke under their own weight) so i can only imagine what they would produce in a hot climate. I have very little ground space to plant them directly into the soil, but maybe grow bags would be a better option next year and maybe there was a big oversight on my behalf for not supporting the plants. I will be definitely growing these next year.....i wonder could i grow them upside down? Thanks anyway organicgrowingpains.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 11, 2008 10:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't know about growing them upside down, I have never tried that method but I know from reading it is gaining in popularity especially if you do not have a lot of space.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 11, 2008 12:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'll tell you what I think, and i believe it to be true from experiance. The seed packet says don't need any support, and I believe they are not lying. But don't need any support only applies under ideal growing conditions eg lots of sun, open soil, no wind.
Whereas in reality in Ireland, lots of sun Question Question lack of sun make a plant grow lanky and narrow reaching up for the sun and needing more support. In open soil plants grow strong and rotund, but in pots or grow bags they tend to be a bit weedy and lanky. Wind will be a factor as well, all these plants are tested in enclosed garden areas with no gusts of wind, whereas in reality Ireland we get quite a few windy days and nights.
So what I always do is follow the instructions on the pack but go that bit further in the line of support and wind shielding.
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