tomtatos (tomato potato hybrids) and TOMATOES!

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Re: tomtatos

Postby liketocook » August 22nd, 2017, 8:20 am

Zosherooney wrote:LTC I bought the seeds in Croatia a couple of years ago. They get two chances - survive or not....

Can you get tomato poisoning ????

Sounds like my approach to growing things :lol: :lol:
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Re: tomtatos

Postby scullion » August 24th, 2017, 3:47 pm

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ok, maybe not as big as zosh's but how's this for little and large?
marmande and a herritage currant tomato.

(those are cm, by the way, not inches.)
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Re: tomtatos

Postby Herbidacious » August 27th, 2017, 10:35 pm

Threw away the rest of my blight ridden plants today. Two looked Okish but decided this was probably mainly wishful thinking and it wasn't worth the heartache waiting. Also chucked all but one courgette plant :(
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Re: tomtatos

Postby liketocook » August 28th, 2017, 8:44 am

Herbidacious wrote:Threw away the rest of my blight ridden plants today. Two looked Okish but decided this was probably mainly wishful thinking and it wasn't worth the heartache waiting. Also chucked all but one courgette plant :(

:( :( :( :hug:
No blight here but my courgettes have been mainly destroyed by torrential rain :x Also have had to pull my fennel as it's bolted and waterlogged, will freeze some and dehydrate some. The runner beans are loving the wet weather though :)
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Re: tomtatos

Postby Herbidacious » May 27th, 2018, 8:58 am

I wonder if we could change the title of this thread to tomatoes. The original thread was about tomato potato hybrids, but it turned into a tomato thread.

Anyway I have a tomato question. Do most people pot there tomatoes on twice before putting them in their final pots? i.e. into small ones then intermediate before the 12 inch up ones?

I bought a grow pot tower yesterday. It looks awfully complicated. (And too expensive to have more than one or two.) I am also trialing an oasesbox. Also pricey. Might try making my own 'quadrows'... or not!
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Re: tomtatos (tomato potato hybrids) and TOMATOES!

Postby suffolk » May 27th, 2018, 9:12 am

Yes, mine get potted on twice, sometimes three times depending on the weather ... if it's still too chilly to put them outside in their big pots they have to go into some intermediate ones in order to have room for them on windowsills and in the studio or little greenhouse.

This year mine will eventually be planted out into the veg patch rather than into big pots ... we'll see how they like that :D
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Re: tomtatos (tomato potato hybrids) and TOMATOES!

Postby scullion » May 27th, 2018, 9:45 am

the seeds all get sown in one small pot, when they reach the two true leaf stage they get separated out into individual small pots and planted out when they get too big for the 3 or 4 inch pots - so i suppose that's once.
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Re: tomtatos (tomato potato hybrids) and TOMATOES!

Postby Herbidacious » May 27th, 2018, 10:32 am

I am torn between laziness and economy: laziness as I need to sterilize the big pots before I use them (blight last year; economy: I would have to buy lots of intermediate (7 inch) pots if I don't go straight for the big ones.
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Re: tomtatos (tomato potato hybrids) and TOMATOES!

Postby Badger's mate » May 27th, 2018, 2:04 pm

Mine are sown in one of those 49 cell Agralan plant trainers, then into a multi cell insert tray. Depending upon how many of each variety, they might get put into a 24 cell, 15 cell or half-tray 6 cell trays. If in the latter they'll be planted out after that, otherwise they might go into 3-4 inch pots. Spare plants go into pots for plant sales.
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Re: tomtatos (tomato potato hybrids) and TOMATOES!

Postby Herbidacious » May 27th, 2018, 5:31 pm

I ended up potting on about 15. There rest (!) aren't ready yet.

I was going to pot on my tromboncini, but wondered if they could go straight into big pots. I am thinking about it...

Some of the tomato plants that I potted on had flower buds on them...
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Re: tomtatos (tomato potato hybrids) and TOMATOES!

Postby Badger's mate » May 27th, 2018, 10:29 pm

I sow squashes in multi-cell inserts, usually 2 per module and then transplant to 3-4 inch pots. I plant them out from there. This year I've got marrows (Badger cross, obviously) courgettes, tromboncino, winter sweet and Queensland Blue.
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Re: tomtatos (tomato potato hybrids) and TOMATOES!

Postby Herbidacious » July 13th, 2018, 6:13 pm

Does anyone prune their tomato plants?

Do you all pinch the growing tips out? I don't usually bother, but they are getting HUGE. All this sunshine...

I are my first one an hour ago. Some others are turning too.

I am going to need to decide how to presrve them as there will be too many to eat as they ripen, I think (Touch wood!)
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Re: tomtatos (tomato potato hybrids) and TOMATOES!

Postby suffolk » July 13th, 2018, 7:18 pm

Most years I stop them at 5 trusses as I grow all of mine outside. This year I may let one or two of them go to 6.
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Re: tomtatos (tomato potato hybrids) and TOMATOES!

Postby Herbidacious » July 13th, 2018, 9:17 pm

Goodness knows how many I have on each plant :oops: I find it hard to do this, same as I find it hard to throw away weak seedlings...
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Re: tomtatos (tomato potato hybrids) and TOMATOES!

Postby Zosherooney » July 13th, 2018, 9:18 pm

I pinch out the side shoots I manage to find. Don't bother with the cherry and mini plum ones in the outside hanging baskets. GH plants are up to roof height now so I have pinched out the middles.

I have Black Russian for salads and fresh eating and Moneymaker for whizzing, cooking and freezing.

My single cucumber in the GH has gone ballistic ! It seems to be growing inches per day...... 4 separate stems all producing baby cucs. Some are already nearly 3" long. No ripe tommys yet.
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Re: tomtatos (tomato potato hybrids) and TOMATOES!

Postby Badger's mate » July 13th, 2018, 9:56 pm

I pinch out side shoots and the main stem when they reach the top of the stick or the roof of the greenhouse. I've been meaning to stop some at one truss as recommended by James Wong, but never carry it out. Varieties this year are Brandywine and Supersweet 100. There are also some Sweet n Neat yellow, but these are bush toms so don't get pinched out, same as the Red Alerts over the plot. None has ripened yet. Cucumbers are fruiting, two sorts, Tendergreen burpless (never heard them burp) and Crystal Lemon. Been making quite a lot of tzatziki this month!
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Re: tomtatos (tomato potato hybrids) and TOMATOES!

Postby Herbidacious » July 14th, 2018, 8:37 am

I am growing a crystal lemon and there has been a small half golf ball sized cucumber on it for ages, butit's not getting any bigger. I think it should. I think it's too much in the shade. The first ones I ever grew when I was a student, was cyrstal apple, which looked similar.

Most of my crystal lemons were killed of by my oasesboxes, so I hve some others which are going a bit nuts, but hey are further behind, so flowering but not fruiting.
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Re: tomtatos (tomato potato hybrids) and TOMATOES!

Postby scullion » July 14th, 2018, 10:29 am

Badger's mate wrote:Been making quite a lot of tzatziki this month!


try my cucumber pickle recipe.
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Re: tomtatos (tomato potato hybrids) and TOMATOES!

Postby Badger's mate » July 14th, 2018, 2:30 pm

I have tried it, or KK's similar one, last year, with both cucumbers and achochas, thank you. At the moment we're eating them as fast as they're growing, but when we come back from hols there will (hopefully!) be a surplus that will need dealing with.
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Re: tomtatos (tomato potato hybrids) and TOMATOES!

Postby Badger's mate » July 14th, 2018, 2:33 pm

I am growing a crystal lemon and there has been a small half golf ball sized cucumber on it for ages, butit's not getting any bigger. I think it should.



I've harvested ours at roughly tennis ball size
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Re: tomtatos (tomato potato hybrids) and TOMATOES!

Postby Herbidacious » July 14th, 2018, 5:52 pm

I suspect mine is rotting on the plant :(
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Re: tomtatos (tomato potato hybrids) and TOMATOES!

Postby Zosherooney » July 15th, 2018, 8:53 am

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Taken this morning, it's going to be a real ugly one when it grows up !
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Re: tomtatos (tomato potato hybrids) and TOMATOES!

Postby Herbidacious » July 15th, 2018, 9:04 am

Blimey!

I have on with jut one extra 'nose', but yours...
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Re: tomtatos (tomato potato hybrids) and TOMATOES!

Postby scullion » July 15th, 2018, 9:06 am

is that a calabash'?
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Re: tomtatos (tomato potato hybrids) and TOMATOES!

Postby Zosherooney » July 15th, 2018, 9:21 am

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Black Russian Tomato Scully. Mine has about 6 full faces Herb !

These are mini plum (scrumped from a shop bought mini plum tomato back in Jan. this year) in one of the two hanging baskets. I have always admired the way the s'markets manage to have vine ripened specimens all the same size and all the same ripeness. Looks like I might manage it in about 2/3 weeks time fingers crossed !
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Re: tomtatos (tomato potato hybrids) and TOMATOES!

Postby scullion » July 15th, 2018, 10:02 am

i save seed from really tasty shop bought ones, too. i have some san marzano and a cœur de bœuf (from france) lined up for next year.
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Re: tomtatos (tomato potato hybrids) and TOMATOES!

Postby Herbidacious » July 15th, 2018, 11:15 am

Impressive Zosh!
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