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PostPosted: Wed Jun 02, 2010 9:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ya ive never thought of it that way?? I suppose if you pick out all the sideshoots it might not!! I dont know???? SmileRazz?? must find out actaully!! Razz
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 02, 2010 11:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i was also told not to feed till tomatoes are formed
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 03, 2010 6:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ya does anyone have any extra info on this??
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 03, 2010 10:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

it is recommended that tomatoes should be fed as the fruit starts to swell. if growth is slow or poor and the tops are very thin then you should feed even before fruit is formed. if the plants are not fed then very few further blossoms will develop and the plant will swell those fruits already formed.
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 05, 2010 11:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

if you feed tomato plants with an unbalanced feed eg too much Nitrogen and too little Potassium then you will get far too much foliage and too little fruit. grow the plants in a balanced soil or garden compost. Good indicators are small dark green almost purple leaves indicates low Nitrogen and water shortage, large soft green leaves means excess nitrogen and usually too much water.
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 05, 2010 10:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ya my moneymaker tomato plant has the green leaves but my cherry tomato plant has almost purple leaves. The tomato moneymaker has three trussess setting and one of them there are small tomatoes.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 09, 2010 5:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

After the flowers were pollinated about 5 of them swelled and turned into tomatoes and 5 of them didnt so I just cut them off?? Any reason why this is? I have two trussess left anyway so If i only get another five from them ill be happy!!

Any update on the tomato feed????-
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 09, 2010 5:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

the flowers that dropped off and did not produce a tomato may not have been pollinated or may have been temporarily short of water at that vital stage of development or maybe there was a shortage of phoshates or potassium. maybe temperatures were too high or the atmosphere too dry over a short period.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 11, 2010 5:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ya i cut them off anyway so more energy could go to the plant .... i kinda pressed and poked em and i think i could have broke the stigma and the anthers so it was prob my fault !!! Smile
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 14, 2010 2:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

How long will it take for the tomatoes to ripen and grow to a full size?? Cool
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 15, 2010 9:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Guys, I have flowers starting to open on all 3 of my tomato plants but I'm wondering how much pruning I can do.

I've taken the suckers off them all but they have small leaves now appearing, maybe a little too much foilage.

Would the plant be damaged if I were to remove some of the leaves to encourage growth of the flowers?
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 15, 2010 9:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

do not remove the leaves before they start to turn yellow. leaves are vital for the life of the plant and the production of fruit. Unpollinated flowers will drop off in any case but some varieties will have dry set (unpollinated) tomatoes which will remain small and seedless but usually ripen earlier. it helps pollination to have a moist atmosphere around mid-day and shake the plants.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 15, 2010 11:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Shake the plants?
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 15, 2010 5:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Charles_Dimmock wrote:
Shake the plants?


Or tap gently!!
I've heard of people touching the handle of an electric toothbrush to the main stem of indoor tomatoes for a few seconds daily to get round the lack of insects! Much quicker than gently tapping each truss.

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 15, 2010 8:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Would this work to get rid of blackfly?

Ive noticed a few small fly on the leaves, no damage yet.

I wiped them off with kitchen roll and water gently but I dont really want to use chemicals.
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