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Its got to be the weather and lack of heat. Mine are the same although I do have trusses - some nearly 2 ft long but the fruit is not setting. Think we might have to write this year off!!
2 Aug, 2012
Agree with Cammomile bloody weather!
Mine have been weird, same variety as last year which were fine but the truss opens into flowers then grows reallly long with the flowers widely spaced then at the end of the flowers leaves appear and a stem.....then another flower truss...I was away for a week and a friend watered them but I,d never seen anything like it in 30 years tomato growing...( in a gh bye the way)
3 Aug, 2012
I'm going to disagree. I've had the same weather as most, maybe not as bad as Scotland, but certainly the same as Frank.
It has to be the way people are growing them/varieties.
My trusses and fruit are better than ever, just about 2 weeks behind in the ripening process.
I'm growing Cedrico...normal size tomato and Tropical.......cherry tomato.
I haven't changed the way I grow them, except for not shading the greenhouse because of the lack of sun.
4 Aug, 2012
And I,ve grown mine in the same way for 25years.......
We haven't changed the way we grow ours either...
Neither have I............so it must be varieties.
Or the weather in different parts of the country... We had a full two weeks in July with not one day of sunshine, at the time the flowers were needing pollenating there were no insects. We do have a crop but not a good one.
7 Aug, 2012
I found one tiny golden tomato on 'venus' this morning..........
sorry I deleted my original question about why I had all stems and leaves , hardly any trusses on my tomatoes. it must have been a senior moment.
I have stripped all the lower leaves off and it looks like there are trusses starting to form at the top but it probably be to late to get a fair crop.
A pal of mine suggested that I have got to much potash in my soil ( I burned a lot wood and paper early in the year and dug all the ashes in ? )
Do you feed them with tomato food frank, but thats high potash anyway so I,m not really sure what to say
no Pamg i do not feed the tomatoes as i have lots of organic matter dug in by Feb or March ,the only time i have used a liquid feed is when i have grown in pots or grow bags a long time ago
"Or the weather in different parts of the country... We had a full two weeks in July with not one day of sunshine, at the time the flowers were needing pollenating there were no insects. We do have a crop but not a good one"
My trusses had set long before then. Do insects actually pollinate tomatoes? I can honestly say every single flower on every truss has produced a tomato...I can't believe it's all down to insects as I very rarely see any in my greenhouse. All i do is give a very occasional shake of the canes supporting them.
SG I'm delighted that you have lots of tomatoes - can you simply accept that many of us don't and have done nothing different this year, except put up with bogging awful weather.
I'm answering the original question by describing what I see when I walk into my greenhouse. I have had the same awful weather as everyone else, I've done nothing different to what I've done in other years, so why can't you accept it may not just be the result of the weather but other factors like varieties grown that I have suggested?
The spare plants that I gave away to friends have also all produced loads of fruits.
So to me, choice of variety is the best explanation.
Perhaps people should try the ones I'm growing next year.
They may be exhibition standard varieties but the taste is excellent too...much better than moneymaker and gardeners delight. And they hold on the plant for ages when ripe without splitting, unlike the 2 mentioned.
The only problem I have had is the slowness of ripening. Now that is weather based.
Which varieties are you growing SG, we aren't growing moneymaker or gardeners delight but until I walk across the road to our veggie garden can't remember their actual names as the bit of paper is in the wee shed there.
8 Aug, 2012
Cedrico....standard, and Tropical....cherry.
That may be one of my problems SG, I have always kept my own tomato seed .The ones you suggested (Cedrico and Tropical), I have never heard of, what seed supplier did buy them from or store/shop . Has the ones you gave to your friends did well I would like to give them a try next year
Mine are Tamina for the cordon (a potato leaved variety) since I,ve come back from a week away they have grown and the fruit are growing well
The mini ones are Venus a little orange one that is finally beginning to colour
Both are what I grew last year and had ripe ones a month earlier....
I've put some photos of them here
The cedrico is a picture of the 4th and 5th trusses. Can't get to the lower ones but the fruits are bigger and more on them....easily get 7 good sized fruits per truss....
The tropical ones show why they are an exhibition variety...nicely spaced and uniform shaped.
Like I said, I've only watered and fed twice a week.
You don't get many seeds but I did get 100% germination.
Thanks SG will look into
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