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Category: tomatoes | Posted: Fri Jul 25, 2008 8:09 pm

oh my what a wash out summer for us has been so far I am an amateur gardener with big ideas and next to no garden lol sooooo we bought a mini greenhouse ( literally shelves with a cover and my mom donated 3 tomato plants , a microtom which is quite wonderfully covered in little green fruits and two taller varieties that i cannot decide are cherry tomatoes or just an average sized tomato under developed so far. I have had them out in the open as our cover tore in a freak windy couple of days and have yet to replace now to my annnoyance as yet we have not even a sign of any of the fruits ripening. The microtom is covered in small fruits but no sign of ripening and the other 2 plants my hubby is convinced are large varieties that are not yet up to full size. The plants went in a little late around the beginging of may i think and have grown tall and bushy my puzzle is do i get them under cover either indoors or under the plastic cover or do i just have to have a little more patience, my mum has them in a plastic covered greenhouse and she also has had none ripening but the fruits look larger yet fewer of them what a quandry if i can get photos of them i will post

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gardengater wrote on Fri Jul 25, 2008 11:33 pm:

Hi and welcome to Gardenstew. We've been comparing tomato results and defoliation. Our resident tomato professional in W. Friesland grows his under plastic and trims off 2/3 of leaves on the plants. He will be along shortly to give you his expert advice.
Send pics when your ready. We love them!


Frank wrote on Sat Jul 26, 2008 12:20 pm:

Congrats on your new blog PlayTime, you will love it I'm sure. I'll be reading :)


gardenmama wrote on Sat Jul 26, 2008 2:09 pm:

Welcome to garden stew....To help your toms grow larger and start to ripen, trim off a lot of the leaves. Start at the bottom and work your way up. A tomato plant can survive with as little as 3 leaves on it. This"haircutting" process will allow all the plants energy to go into fruit production and not into growing taller and more leaves. I trim up my plants ever week. Also you need to fertilize your plants every week. Good luck!


playtime8978 wrote on Sun Jul 27, 2008 12:03 am:

thank you thank you thank you that is great my husband had been nipping out the tops as they were just growing wild but we have taken little of the lower foliage off so we will try this starting tomorrow and see if they start to grow better we have been feeding them about every 10 days so we need to bring that closer together also and thank you so much for the lovely warm welcome

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