Q. I purchased a selection of your Heirloom Tomato seed on the 25/5/15.
I planted the seeds of Big Red,Mortgage Lifter and Red Brandywine about 5 weeks ago and they are now about 900+ mm high with stems like tree trunks and all are in flower and have been for some time but no sign of setting fruit, should I be adding some trace element or Potassium to the plants as encouragement to set fruit. Regards Jim PS. I had 100% germination.
A. Hi Jim, I'm pleased, but not surprised at your results so far.
On the website, most of the tomatoes have been given a 'day' rating which runs from 50 days to 90 days.
This is an indication as to how long you can expect to wait from sowing the seed to producing fruit.
Some, little over achievers, do try and fruit before they are really ready and flower early.
We prick off the flower at this stage as the fruit is usually below average if allowed to develop.So, don't panic about fruit setting just yet. You don't really want them to.Be careful that you don't get too much 'green' growth at this stage.Many commercial fertilizers are so high in nitrogen that you can end up with fantastic stems and leaves but little or no fruit.
You really should not need to fertilize until the bushes are flowering in abundance.
Q: My “Heirloom” tomato's are growing well and now approx’ 1200-1400mm tall and fruiting well with plenty of new flowers, however they have now got what we call the dreaded “tomato wilt”the same has been the curse of all my earlier tomato growing effort results. The bottom leaves develop yellow spots which then proceed to cover the whole leaf which then withers and dies and eventually effects all the leaves up to about 400 - 500 mm up the stem. If it continues to follow the pattern of my earlier experience, the wilt eventually will affect the whole of the plant and I finish up with tomato’s and no leaves. Do you have a suggestion that I could follow as these are beautiful plants and I would hate to lose them.A:I sympathize. It's dreadful to see it happening.Treatment is something that I'm not well versed in as I always prepare for it and it doesn't happen.What I do is to ensure that the bushes have heaps of air circulation.This means planting in the open with no blocks, from other plants or architecture.Secondly, I dig the manure deep and do not mulch around the tops of the roots.This means that there is never any root humidity.Thirdly, I folair spray with a weak molasses solution every 2 weeks.I trim a lot of foliage off the plants to allow air around the forming fruit, as I have found that the bushes do not need a great supply of leaf anyway.Remember that most commercial potting mixes are 85% mulch and bark, so the chances of creating humidity are very high.
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