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THE TOMATO GROWING THREAD 2018

Discussion in 'Edible Gardening' started by ARMANDII, Jan 1, 2018.

  1. sandymac

    sandymac Gardener

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    I am lucky as my plants are kept in the conservatory until May then transferred into the greenhouse so no heating costs as conservatory never drops below 12 degrees C. I am sometimes picking toms while still in conservatory as they are in their final pots before transferring.
     
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    • ricky101

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      Hi,

      You will have to try them an see how you plants/seedling react to them, you might find they need to be a close as possible.

      Think the biggest problem of the little heated propagators on the sunny windowsill is how high the temperature can get when the sun actually catches them.

      Young seedling can easily suffer, so on a clear day I often put some shading over the window and have a thermostat so it cuts the heating power if it goes over 20c.

      Equally if using curtains do not leave the prop behind them overnight as it can get too cold.

      I've only tried these 28W mains run led bulbs ( for safety its in a locked greenhouse with no kids around) and last year the plants seems to enjoy the leds, partic the fuchsia cuttings.

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      As you can perhaps just make out in the pic above, I have one of those mini 4x2ft greenhouses on top of a bench in the main greenhouse with one of those yellow heating cables.

      The Tumbling Tom being so small I was looking at getting a few growing on early as they are not going to get much over 30cm tall.
      Would be nice to get some very early home grown toms by May.:)

      I have a heater in the main greenhouse and its has a controller which keeps it at aminimum of 4c without costing a fortune, though it is insulated; have found that many tender plants survive overwinter ok, partic my current favourites, the fuchsias.

      If you can get electricity in there it does take greenhouse growing to another level, well worth it imho.

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      • Scrungee

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        Rather than reply to multiple quotes of several recent posts ...

        Seeds for outdoor plants should normally be sown later than for indoor/undercover plants.

        Filling a propagator under lights with pots of seedlings could cause problems as they grow and need even more space under lights before daylight times become long enough to move elsewhere.

        Some tomato varieties react badly to being continously under growlights (turning blue, thinning of leaves and 'burnt' white patches) and need some time in natural light, can be on a window sill during the day.

        I start moving tomatoes started indoors into my greenhouse late March/early April, but they require expensive heating and top up (growlight) lighting. Unless you've got loads of other stuff in there, this wouldn't be cost effective.
         
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        • john558

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          I think it's true to say we are all waiting to get the seed compost out and opening all those lovely seed packets.
           
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          • WeeTam

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            Im planning on starting marconi peppers,tumbling toms and a few others in the boiler room. Got a 6000k led light 36w. Should cost me c. £3 pm in electrickery. Heat from boiler.
            May add some additional 9w 2ft led tubes at 4000k if needed and in spring. It may all go pear shaped but fancy giving it a go.
             
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              Last of the 2018 tomatoes

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