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PostPosted: Thu Aug 18, 2011 9:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Many thanks to you both. Youz have adopted a bad farmer and tried to educate him. I am very grateful to you both.
I plan to invest in a small green house for next year so we shouldn't have the same problems, or am I being silly again?
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 25, 2011 8:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hellow badfarmer, God loves a tryer, and you will succeed with a little experience, might I make a sugestion? have a look at a tunnel, twice the size for half the price, I like many people started with a small glasshouse, Within 2yrs it was far to small for my enthusiastic endevours, I now have a tunnel 24x14ft, I love home made tomato soup in the winter! This year I have 60 tomato plants full of the juice of summer, along with cucumber, pepper, chilli, grape, and a butternut squash that did"nt follow the rules. (in other words, he won"t be in the tunnel next year!) Go for it kiddo! the rewards are unexplainable.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 14, 2018 8:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Years later and now the owner of a small greenhouse. Have grown many varieties of tomato successfully thanks to the advice of you nice people here.
This year for the 1st time I have a huge crop of SHIRLEYS. But I have a new problem.
Many of the trusses are so overloaded with fruit that they are literally bending and cracking close to the mother stem. Every day I tie up a new overloaded truss hoping that growth with continue.
Is this a problem with SHIRLEYS or have I fed them too much?
It doesn't seem right to interfere with the natural growth pattern of a truss loaded with fruit but I think it's gotta be done to save them?
Thanks in advance for any help.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 15, 2018 9:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome back badfarmer, it has been a while!
Next year it will be an even bigger greenhouse.
I don't know anything about Shirleys to comment. Are they beefsteak tomatoes?

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 15, 2018 11:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

No 'tagwex'. Normal round lads but lovely taste. Got some last year from a friend and was converted from all other varieties. It's just a shame to see these trusses loaded with fruit crumbling before my eyes. As I said, I've tied them up to stable stuff hoping they survive but it seems most unusual that nature is gone wrong. Thanks for your reply even if you didn't offer a solution.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 15, 2018 11:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I misread huge crop for huge tomato which made me think they were a large variety such as beefsteaks. I have looked them up now, 'normal round lads' indeed. Sounds like you had a very successful pollination. I had a glut of tomatoes two years ago and made a load of bolognese sauce and froze it. Easily made and easily better than Dolmio!
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 15, 2018 1:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks like you don't have a solution or cause for the bending/breaking trusses?

Is that singer a relative?
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 15, 2018 1:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

More support required. Make up a criss cross of bamboo canes, net, a piece of chainlink or sheep wire fence, or similar, and take the weight off the main truss. Simples.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 15, 2018 5:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for that 'tagwex',
Is it normal growth ? I can't believe that a fruit load big enough to bend the truss
is normal?
I have already supported each overloaded truss.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 15, 2018 6:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

As I said earlier. It appears you had a very successful pollination. A photo would help.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 15, 2018 8:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That my friend is beyond my little cyber brain. Thanks again
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Point and click and post. It would help.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 16, 2018 9:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

'Shirley' is known as a prolific variety. I grow the small, very sweet 'Sakura'. Sometimes I get that problem with a full truss bending under their own weight. I grown them in large pots and tie twine across the greenhouse to stop the plant keeling over. Sometimes I can drape the heavier trusses over the twine, or even one top of a leaf stem to just take some of the strain off the truss stem. Otherwise if the truss has started to tear and the fruit is well grown, you could cut the whole stem and let them ripen 'on the vine'.
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