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Grow Your Own / Re: Tomatoes won't redden!
« Last post by DHM on August 14, 2018, 10:05 »
Cherry tomatoes tend to ripen early, the others naturally ripen later, some of them a lot later, especially varieties like San Marzano which was always last to ripen here  :( I don't grow it any more for that reason)

You say you've
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cut the top growth
- I hope you've left some growing leaves above the top truss, to keep sap rising.
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Standard-sized tomatoes take 20 to 30 days from blossom set to reach full size–commonly called “mature green”; they take another 20 to 30 days to ripen, that is begin to change color.
https://harvesttotable.com/how_to_ripen_tomatoes_on_the_v/

I only cut the very growing tips off, plenty of leafage above the top trusses.

I intended to grow them as cordons but they stopped growing upwards and started bushing out, which I put down to the odd weather; The 4 plants started in the shade look a lot more like they should, upright and less leafy.

I'm thinking of ditching the San Marzanos too next year, this is the 1st time I've grown them in the ground having attempted many times to grow them in bags without great yields. They just don't measure up against other varieties to my mind.

According to those timings they shouldn't be far off then, I'll simmer down and wait some more!
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Grow Your Own / Re: No tomatillos again?!
« Last post by mumofstig on August 14, 2018, 10:00 »
I don't know anything about them but a quick gurgle suggests that you have to grow 2 plants of the same variety for cross pollination. That would explain why the pineapple ones are setting and not the green ones
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Grow Your Own / Re: Tomatoes won't redden!
« Last post by mumofstig on August 14, 2018, 09:42 »
Cherry tomatoes tend to ripen early, the others naturally ripen later, some of them a lot later, especially varieties like San Marzano which was always last to ripen here  :( I don't grow it any more for that reason)

You say you've
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cut the top growth
- I hope you've left some growing leaves above the top truss, to keep sap rising.
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Standard-sized tomatoes take 20 to 30 days from blossom set to reach full size–commonly called “mature green”; they take another 20 to 30 days to ripen, that is begin to change color.
https://harvesttotable.com/how_to_ripen_tomatoes_on_the_v/
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Grow Your Own / Re: cucumber cuttings
« Last post by Aidy on August 14, 2018, 09:37 »
Sorry Lardman, been away on holiday to Blackpool for the last 2 weeks  :unsure: (had cousins from Canada)

They are growing, I have roots but they dont seem very happy at the mo, still a little pale in pale in colour, I pretty much decided yesterday to stagger the sowing in future.

Will leave them to see how they get on this year just to see.
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Grow Your Own / Re: Savoy Cabbage Harvesting
« Last post by mumofstig on August 14, 2018, 09:28 »
They should stand in the ground for a few weeks, but eventually they will start splitting - so keep an eye on them.
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Grow Your Own / Re: Tomatoes won't redden!
« Last post by JayG on August 14, 2018, 08:51 »
Hmm...bush types tend to produce and ripen their fruit over a shorter timespan than cordons - it's also variety-dependent so doesn't necessarily mean earlier than cordons, which produce and ripen trusses in sequence as they grow upwards.

You don't seem to have done much wrong, although it's possible that growing one or two of your cordons more like bushes has resulted in fewer early ripeners.

Doesn't really matter - the plants are healthy and laden with fruit - be patient and then brace yourself!  ;)
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Design and Construction / Re: Irrigation/drip watering systems
« Last post by JayG on August 14, 2018, 08:23 »
I had wondered about that - I suppose in hindsight it was inevitable unless each plot had its own tap (yeah, right!  ;))
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Grow Your Own / Savoy Cabbage Harvesting
« Last post by freefolk on August 14, 2018, 08:02 »
Good Morning, our crop of savoy cabbages are about ready for harvest.  My question is this, to avoid a glut, can some be left in the ground, or is it best to left and then blanch what we are not using straight away?  Many thanks.
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Grow Your Own / Tomatoes won't redden!
« Last post by DHM on August 14, 2018, 05:45 »
Maybe I'm a bit premature/unduly impatient but I have 12 tomato plants absolutely full of large tomatoes which just will not ripen! I've had 6 fruits off the Super Marmande and maybe 4 or 5 off the Roma, yet both plants are otherwise still choc full of large green toms which are the size they were a month ago but still green. The Moneymakers, San Marzano and gardeners delight are full of large green fruits, also as large and green as they were a month ago.

I've pruned away the leaves covering the trusses, and stem leaves up to the first truss, pinched out the side shoots amd cut the top growth so lots of air and light are getting to them. I've supported heavy branches and watered profusely during the hot spell.

The only problem they have is that they've grown bushy rather than tall this year but that wouldnt prevent the toms from ripening would it?

Is this lengthy green stage normal or am I doing something wrong?!
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Design and Construction / Re: Irrigation/drip watering systems
« Last post by DHM on August 14, 2018, 05:18 »
Well, looks like my plans are scuppered! I've discovered that my site only allows hand held hoses and my irrigation system does not comply with the rules... how disappointing!
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