Leggy tomatoes & peppers

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Leggy tomatoes & peppers
« on: January 06, 2018, 23:15 »
Hi. New to the site but have had an Allottment for 6 years..but still a learner🙄any advice of when to Sow my tomatoes and peppers.Always sow way to early and end up with leggy plants..thanks

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Re: Leggy tomatoes & peppers
« Reply #1 on: January 07, 2018, 09:17 »
Hi and welcome to the forum.  I've split this off so you get some replies specific to your query.

I sow peppers in February as they are slow growing, but tomatoes I leave until mid march usually.  Cardboard and tin foil reflectors can help a lot.  I put them up behind the plants on the windowsill  :)

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Re: Leggy tomatoes & peppers
« Reply #2 on: January 07, 2018, 09:34 »
Plus you can always plant the tomatoes deeply when you pot on ,gives extra roots😉

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Re: Leggy tomatoes & peppers
« Reply #3 on: January 07, 2018, 10:17 »
As New Shoot said, avoid sowing too early, and make sure they have plenty of light. I would add also don't keep them too warm either. A night time temp of 10C is enough
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Re: Leggy tomatoes & peppers
« Reply #4 on: January 07, 2018, 14:50 »
You're not a million miles from where I am. Like others I will be getting some peppers and chillies going soon but, they will live under lights for a couple of months. I don't normally sow my toms till mid April and plant them (and the peppers) deep when potting on.

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Re: Leggy tomatoes & peppers
« Reply #5 on: January 07, 2018, 19:32 »
Just read an interesting article about trenching tomatoes if they get leggy. Dig out a small trench and after taking the plant out of the pot lay it on its side in the trench. Cover with soil/compost and the leader will grow upwards. The first leaf nodule will also produce a leader, so you get two plants for the price of one! I think the article was in Kitchen Garden magazine.

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Re: Leggy tomatoes & peppers
« Reply #6 on: January 07, 2018, 21:25 »
Thanks for the replies..think I will hold of sowing until Feb then🖒



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