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Shamrock
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 10, 2009 7:34 pm    Post subject: Help with tomatoes Reply with quote

I am growing tomatoes for the first time, I have 2 plants and they are bethween
3 and 4 foot tall at the moment, I am very confused as what to do now, there's a few tomatoes showing at the moment ,and I'm wondering do I remove some of the leaves on the plant, do I remove branches altogether that are not flowering to allow the fruits to develop better, I have been removing suckers the growth bethween the main stem and branch, that's supposed to help I'm told, I'm growing them in pots in a glasshouse, any help will be very much appreciated, but please keep explanations as simple as possible as I'm bordering on stupid on this subject
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 10, 2009 7:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Leave the leaves on, it's too soon to take any off. Some people remove the leaves later in the year to allow sufficient light at the fruit to help them ripen. If that is what you intend to do, wait untill the fruit is fully formed and you have picked some fruit.
keep removing side shoots and feed with a good tomato fertiliser while the fruits are forming and swelling.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 10, 2009 11:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi shamrock and welcome. There are good articles here on tomato growing if you use the search engine above you will find them. Rules of thumb though are make sure to water regularly especially as the plants are in pots and will tend to dry out more so than if they were in the ground. Water in the morning. If the compost is still damp at night then they are fine. If the weather is dull the following day they may still be okay but check the compost. I water mine every two days. I give them about 1/2 a pint each. good luck.
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