Early tomato Experiment 2018

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Re: Early tomato Experiment
« Reply #15 on: January 24, 2018, 13:13 »
I am trying 1 of each; Tumbling tom, Suncherry, super sweet & Chadwick cherry.
All in heated prop. with lights, keeping the chillis company  :D
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Re: Early tomato Experiment
« Reply #16 on: January 25, 2018, 14:53 »
Finally underway. Found a packet of Red Tumbling Tom that I'd forgotten about so have sown a few of those.

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Re: Early tomato Experiment
« Reply #17 on: January 26, 2018, 10:09 »
Have sown 6 Ailsa Craig tomatoes and 6 Ildi Small yellow plum tomatoes on Monday just to see if They survive
without extra light. Germinate on sunny widow sill then they will go in unheated sheltered greenhouse 
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Re: Early tomato Experiment
« Reply #18 on: January 26, 2018, 20:34 »
Have sown 6 Ailsa Craig tomatoes and 6 Ildi Small yellow plum tomatoes on Monday just to see if They survive
without extra light. Germinate on sunny widow sill then they will go in unheated sheltered greenhouse

They'll be fine. That's exactly what I do every year and you're not a million miles from me. A little fleece over them when in the greenhouse would be advisable and only take them in on real minus freezing nights. Most years mine just remain in the greenhouse.
One advantage of the early sowing is the pinched side shoots can be planted during April/May in plenty of time to get even more plants that will harvest well in time before the Autumn.

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Re: Early tomato Experiment
« Reply #19 on: January 27, 2018, 07:40 »
As well as starting tom seeds off on 1st Jan on a bedroom windowsill, I also nipped of a dozen side shoots last November when I cleared the old plants. I potted them up as an experiment and to my surprise 3 have survived on the same windowsill.
 I will see how these go on when they get planted in the g.h.in the spring and keep you informed.
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Re: Early tomato Experiment
« Reply #20 on: January 28, 2018, 11:42 »
My "Shirley" tomato seeds, (sown last Monday) have appeared this morning, atm there are 7 out of 10 showing, so i am well pleased, will update as they grow, (or don't).

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Re: Early tomato Experiment
« Reply #21 on: January 28, 2018, 12:04 »
As well as starting tom seeds off on 1st Jan on a bedroom windowsill, I also nipped of a dozen side shoots last November when I cleared the old plants. I potted them up as an experiment and to my surprise 3 have survived on the same windowsill.
 I will see how these go on when they get planted in the g.h.in the spring and keep you informed.
This is interesting, ARPoet. For the last two seasons I have grown tomato plants from offshoot cuttings taken in the spring/ early summer. An idea I got from Bob Flowerdew. They always perform really well, producing strong, vigorous plants.
So this idea of yours, taking cuttings in autumn would be a very interesting experiment. Will try it myself this year. Please let us know how the plants do.
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Re: Early tomato Experiment
« Reply #22 on: January 28, 2018, 14:48 »
Chadwick and tumbling tom both up, only started on the 23rd Jan!

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Re: Early tomato Experiment
« Reply #23 on: January 30, 2018, 05:55 »
All my currant type tomato seeds have germinated  :)all goo so far.

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Re: Early tomato Experiment
« Reply #24 on: January 30, 2018, 07:07 »
Posted in my diary, but forgot to post here that  mine have germinated.
Did it really tell you to do THAT on the packet?

Seeds are SOWN, planting's for plants (and bulbs & tubers)!

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Re: Early tomato Experiment
« Reply #25 on: January 30, 2018, 10:08 »
Just sown 6 sun gold as I usually buy a few early plants, so I hopefully won't need to this year. I'll leave the sideshoots to grow and then take these as cuttings in March/April to fill up the greenhouse. They'll be going in a LED lit propagator in the unheated loft conversion as an experiment.

Good idea above about growing some bush types, must nip out and get some Tumbler seeds as I've bought these before as plants to get get an early crop and they did well.

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Re: Early tomato Experiment
« Reply #26 on: January 31, 2018, 10:11 »
I couldn't find any "Tumbler" seeds, so maybe I imagined that, so have sown some Tumbling Tom instead. Up in the airing cupboard to kick them into life and then under my new LED grow panel in the loft🙂

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Re: Early tomato Experiment
« Reply #27 on: January 31, 2018, 10:14 »
Two Roma and one of the chiliís have germinated.

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Re: Early tomato Experiment
« Reply #28 on: January 31, 2018, 10:53 »
Chillies and peppers are out of the propagator now and so three tomato seeds will be going in..... Golden Sunrise is always a good early medium sized one, Gartenperl or Gardeners' Delight? Not sure which yet, and then an un-named dark green and maroon midsized one from Lanzarote just for fun

That'll be enough for the heated greenhouse.

Others for the polytunnel and then for outside will be sown in two batches later on
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Re: Early tomato Experiment
« Reply #29 on: January 31, 2018, 12:31 »
Decided to take up the experiment, so nestling on the window sill with foil backing are three Ailsa Craig seeds (all I had left), five Sungold, Gardners Delight, Marmande and San Marzano - the last two freebies with Kitchen Garden magazine. Once I got going I had to sow Sweet Pepper, Scotch Bonnet chillis, Dill, Broad beans, cabbage Greyhound and peas Early Onward and Kelvedon Wonder. It's so easy to get carried away!



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