My Tomato Story ...

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  1. KK Ng

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    I have no idea whether we are allowed to do that but we had made many complaints to the forestry department and just yesterday they came to lay some traps. I don't think this is helpful if the residents do not want to help themselves. First they the residences have to secure their rubbish bin so that the monkeys cannot get at it and to harvest the fruits on their fruit trees or remove those trees. They the monkeys will keep on coming as long as there is food for them to feed on.:(
     
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    KK, I understand. We humankind have taken the land which once was populated by four-legged creatures/ Now we expect them to respect our space.
     
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    Leaf curl on tomatoes can be caused by a virus. Here is a brief on it from The University of Queensland. My grandfather used to farm tomatoes in Florida, i cannot imagine there are very many climates that are too hot/humid for them, at least where humans can also survive.
     
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    Mmm,, you have not been to Texas yet,,have you ? Leaf curl on tomatoes is common here and does not affect the fruit ! Side to side curl is no problem but end to end curl is not good !
     
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    I thought it might be caused by days of lack of moisture.
    My current problem is lack of pollination.
     
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    Yes Growingpain you are right but then again they multiply really fast! In the case of the humidity matter there lots of it to go round. :)

    Yes Mart I had not been to Texas … err can I come and bunked in your place :D Just Kidding :scheming: From my experience with cherry tomatoes side to side leaf curls is not a problem here too. What I had in my las planting is not only leaf curls but the plant is stunted, no more than 3 feet and early stage flowers just dropped off. After that no more flowers.
     
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    @KK Ng. Are tomatoes available in your markets? If so, where do they come from?
     
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    Yes we have tomatoes in our markets and we do cultivate tomatoes but only in the highlands where the temperatures are cooler. To meet the demand we import form China, Vietnam and Australia.
     
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    KK, which country grows the best tasting tomato?
    I haven't tasted a tomato that surpasses Michigan tomatoes.
    However this year may be different due to lack of rain.
    In 1988, there wasn't decent tomatoes to be found in Michigan.
    We went to a farm and asked if we could pick a bushel and the
    lady said, "If you can find them." She was right as we were only
    able to get nearly a half bushel on her acres. A sad year.
     
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    Well Growingpains I guess the best is from your own garden. :) From my experience I had some really good beefsteak tomato in Bangkok, never knew that they can be so sweet and full of flavor.

    Ya I think they are sensitive to the weather - too little rain is a no, no and too much rain is also a no, no.
     
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    Well said, KK. Due to infrequent watering,
    some of our tomatoes have Blossom end rot.
    Hopefully only a few.
    We had a beautiful rain today, mostly slow, but
    continuous, which is best for getting the soil soaked,
    and no run-off. I expect a second growth of green beans
    and renewed energy for most veggies and flowers.
     
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    Sprinkle some epsom salts on top of the soil around the tomato stems and let the rain water it in ! Helps stop Blossom End Rot !
     
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    Mart, I appreciate your advice and know that it helps.
    LOL I used the Epsom salts around all of mine. Here is the story.
    My companion is competing with me for growing the best tomatoes.
    He actually does have more than I do and they're growing larger.
    Problem is he set the plants SO close to each other, it's impossible to get the salts at the base. LOL It seems there is less blossom end rot now.
    Thank you for the advice.
     
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    You can also do a foliar feed with the epsom salts. Just mix about a tbsp and a half in a quart of water,,dissolve well and spray the leaves weekly !! It will not help the tomatoes that are already there but will help any new ones !!
     
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