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Discussion in 'Allotments Discussion' started by thriftybri, Jun 22, 2018.

  1. thriftybri

    thriftybri Gardener

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    mmmmmmmmmmm I have a problem its coming up to a year since we moved into this house its has a small 6x4 polycarbonate green house ,last year I was too late to get a crop of toms, the plants grew to about 2 foot before the first truss formed but as I said it was too late to get any tomato,s.This year I planted my tomato,s on a bedroom window sill the cherry type, and then planted them in grow bags in the greenhouse but the same is happening again they are over 2 foot high before the first truss has flowers on? I side shoot them, so whot am I doing wrong? too warm? or whot,if anybody can advise me on this fire away I do not feed till first truss has formed either cheers bri
     
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    What variety @thriftybri ? Some older heritage types tend to have taller stems to the first truss. I suspect though it's down to lack of light in the early stage when you had them on a warm window sill. It is very difficult to stop them going leggy. During March/April I move mine outdoors as much as possible during the day to get good sunshine and cooler conditions.
     
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      see if I can find the packet there were yellow and red sorts, sweetmillion F1 and honeybee F1 (yellow) both cheery [email protected]
       
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      I agree with John.
      High temps and poor light in the early stages.
      The one thing you could do to help is to plant deeper if they are a bit leggy at planting time.
      And only plant out when you see signs of the first flowers in the top.
       
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        It's tricky to plant deep using growbags unless you put them at an angle. I had a look at my tomatoes today and most of the first trusses are 12" off the soil. Gardener's Delight seem to be higher - around 18" to the first truss.
         
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          Mine always used to be the same even using T5 lights in the early stages, this would prevent them becoming leggy but first trusses were always high up on the plant.
          This year I invested in a good LED light system for the early stages of growth and all my first trusses are between 8 and 9 inches from the soil. The grafted crimson crush I bought are really healthy with thick stems, not leggy at all however first trusses are 20 inches from soil and flowers have not yet opened and the so called gardeners delight I bought in, the first trusses are 16 inches from the soil so I agree JWK is spot on about low light and warm conditions delay first truss development.
          Regards Sandy
           
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            To achieve deep planting in grow bags, cut them in half (the growbags that is!) and stand them on end, works well in a greenhouse and it is how I always planted mine in the greenhouse at home, Now of course I grow mine in the polytunnel at the plot.

            Steve...:)
             
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