Tomato Problems

Tomato Problems

This is a discussion on Tomato Problems within the Off Topic & Humor Discussion forums, part of the The Back Porch category; So I started my plants indoors toward the end of February, as I do every year. This year, I have a problem. My tomatoes (and ...

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    Tomato Problems

    So I started my plants indoors toward the end of February, as I do every year. This year, I have a problem. My tomatoes (and just about everything else) are too big too soon.





    It's too cold to put them out in the cold frame (should be able to in a few days), and I can't plant them for about a month!
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    Global warming? It's warmer than usual, so they grow bigger. And it's colder than usual, so you can't plant them outside.


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    They look kinda leggy to me - not enough light or too much nitrogen?
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    I grew many tomato plants in buckets, some indoors. You should be able to make it to better weather. Good luck
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    Quote Originally Posted by Betty View Post
    They look kinda leggy to me - not enough light or too much nitrogen?
    I think the latter. I tried a new potting soil this year, and wasn't a big fan.
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    wow. and here i was expecting some strange analogy or euphamism or name of a wierd training drill or some slang for a gun i'd never heard. nope. literally; tomato's!

    not bashing or anything, funny actually!
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    No worries Badey, your good with those! Keep them going but take at least the bottom three branches off. What you want is to let the roots get all the "juice", it is the roots that will feed your fruit with all the good watery goodness. When you plant them (you may already know this)plant them at least half way deep and you can plant them on their sides about 4" down if it's easier. Your goal is to get a lot of the leggy plant into the ground so it works with you in that it will grow roots all up and down the leggy part you put into the ground. This can work to your advantage. I wouldn't use any plant food with the exception of the fish (you can get it at the big box stores) plant food, it's nothing but ground up fish but they put something in it to make it not smell bad. Much better for you than the miracle grow - that stuff we only use for flowers and no food products.

    Best plants I've heard of the fellow would take fish heads and guts from the local fish markets and put it in the ground near the garden. Only problem with that is it really does draw neighborhood cats and otters if your garden is near enough to the water way. Don't think you will have many otter problems in Pittsburg?!
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    Quote Originally Posted by GWarden View Post
    I grew many tomato plants in buckets, some indoors. You should be able to make it to better weather. Good luck
    I was just talking to a friend yesterday who told me that he's switched to growing them outdoors in 5-gallon buckets and he'll never go back. We had so much rain last summer that it ruined many tomato crops, but his bucket-maters were fine because he knocked holes in the bottom. He's switching all of his vege's over to buckets now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WHEC724 View Post
    I was just talking to a friend yesterday who told me that he's switched to growing them outdoors in 5-gallon buckets and he'll never go back. We had so much rain last summer that it ruined many tomato crops, but his bucket-maters were fine because he knocked holes in the bottom. He's switching all of his vege's over to buckets now.
    YEP! Here as well. I've been growing mine in 5 gallon buckets for a few years now. MY great-grandfather used to grow his in buckets in baltimore city.
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    Tomato plants got legs?
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    Quote Originally Posted by OldVet View Post
    Tomato plants got legs?
    Haven't you ever heard the ZZ Top song "She's Got Legs"? Didn't know it was about tomato plants, did you?
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    It looks to me that your containers may be too small causing them to be root bound. Like Sister said fish emulsion is great! I just pour off the "juice" out of a 5 gal bucket with water in it that I throw trout in after being cleaned. Good luck!
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    They are just fine. Right before planting, remove all the leaves at the main stem except for the very top new shoots, plant it deep, and roots will form along the stem portion that is buried and you will have an even more healthy production!

    See the link:

    Plant Tomatoes Deep, Deep, Deep - Bonnie Plants
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    Can't dig that deep in my yard, maybe 10 inches. You hit compacted sand from where they dumped the diggings from the canal.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OldVet View Post
    Can't dig that deep in my yard, maybe 10 inches. You hit compacted sand from where they dumped the diggings from the canal.
    The space them further apart and lay the stem on their sides, turning the tender top up and out of the dirt. The will grow vertical from that point.
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