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Jason
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Re: How to grow tomatoes

That's great @kel. Well done! At our place we're still waiting for the fruit to ripen. 

 

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bergs
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Re: How to grow tomatoes

HI, my tomatoes have gone mad. Some are growing through the top of the netting, so that's up to or over six feet tall. Compare the growth with the previous photo.

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There are a lot of fruit forming and growing fast, so soon there should be a good crop of fruit.

I have only had fruit off the little Sweetbite that was over wintered.

Due to my early setback with the tomato seedlings I think they have done extremely well, so the lateness of the fruiting will still give an abundance of ripe fruit soon.

The weather has still to even out, so the temperatures are still all over the place.

Jason you seem to be the same, just waiting on the weather to ripen your fruit up.

It's going to get into the mid to high thirties again in the middle of next week ,so I hope we get some fruit for our toil.

 

Cheers bergs :smile:

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CathD
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Re: How to grow tomatoes

Your plants look fantastic @bergs. Mine aren't as big but we've picked fruit now and I'm expecting a lot more in the coming week or two. 

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bergs
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Re: How to grow tomatoes

Crazy weather:unhappy:. Just cleaned up all the leaves from my Lilypillies and coposted and will dig the remaining into the beds to improve the soil.

My tomatoes are growin larger but none look like ripening yet and now we've dropped back to the mid teens and hopefully the wind doesn't destroy everything above ground level:shocked:

@CathDand @Jason have your tomatoes colouring up and ripening yet?

 

Cheers bergs

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Jason
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Re: How to grow tomatoes

We've had a few and have got a bunch ripening on the window sill in the kitchen @bergs

 

Hope your garden survives the wind.

 

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Jason
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Re: How to grow tomatoes

Slowing starting to get more fruit now, but still are using the window sill to ripen them. Otherwise four-legged friends eat them before we can pick them.

 

Jason

 

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barbs01
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Re: How to grow tomatoes

Hi There, I am new to growing tomatoes, and tried to plant some seedlings around August, some have succeeded and some haven't. The one's that did grew very slowly, very few roots and stayed stagnant in growth, with a lot of yellowing leaves. ( these were sown in mid August ) so very little growth. I started the seedlings indoors then moved into hot house, then out into sun, the last few weeks.

 

What I noticed when i went to Bunnings is how strong, healthy and vibrant the larger seedling plants looked in the pots. They had thick stems, green foliage and approx 500mm tall, in maybe 150mm pots. I was wondering what their gardeners do to achieve such healthy plants, is there a special soil mix or fertiliser they use? Thanks

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Walter
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Re: How to grow tomatoes

Hey @barbs01 

 

I've found that  adding Blood And Bone fertilizers have cleaned up my yellow leaves this season, because I didn't have enough nitrogen in the soil in the pots.

The Tomatoes growing in the garden are growing gangbusters, with no yellow leaves

This has been a good experiment for me, as last year I grew all of my tomatoes directly in the garden.

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barbs01
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Re: How to grow tomatoes

Thanks for responding to my post Walter, and congratulations on the great crop of Tomatoes you have there, they look Fantastic!  I have some planted in the garden too, but these were planted as large established seedlings from the Nursery, and have settled into the garden now. I put some Chook poo and Black Grit in the soil, along with some composted garden waste, so they should hopefully grow ok. I didn't put any Blood and Bone, but might add in some to the soil ow, based on your results. I just don't know how to get the success from seed to seedling to seedlings being large enough and robust enough to plant out into the garden. I even bough some Heirloom seeds to try out and most sprouted ok in the small black seedling trays, I used basic potting mix, and added some Coir Peat and Perlite, but some just stagnated, didn't grow and then leaves went yellow. Could have been damp roots that rotted, or maybe even a virus in the soil, attacking the roots?

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Jason
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Re: How to grow tomatoes

Hi @barbs01,

 

I see you have continued the tomato growing discussion and created a seperate thread here - How do Bunnings get such great tomato plants?

 

Just thought I'd link to it here so others can more easily follow along. 

 

Feel free to post whenever you need a hand with anything around the home and garden.

 

Thanks,

 

Jason

 

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