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Another tomato question
« on: April 19, 2012, 10:15 »
Hello again,

my tomato plants are looking really well at the moment with some larger than others, I now have a few that were planted from seed on the 17th Feb that are over 12".
While in the greenhouse yesterday I did notice one very small orange/red insect on one of the leaves, I'm probably worrying about nothing but just wanted to be sure. 

Also I have about 10 plants sitting in either grow bags and large drums but what would be the smallest size pot for a successful crop.  For the smaller plants I potted these up to 6" and 10" inch pots.  I now the 6" is probably too small but would the 10" pots be ok?

Many thanks
Andy

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Re: Another tomato question
« Reply #1 on: April 19, 2012, 13:14 »

While in the greenhouse yesterday I did notice one very small orange/red insect on one of the leaves, I'm probably worrying about nothing but just wanted to be sure. 


These are probably red spider mite - click for some info. :)
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Re: Another tomato question
« Reply #2 on: April 19, 2012, 13:17 »
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Re: Another tomato question
« Reply #3 on: April 20, 2012, 08:07 »
10" pots are rather small for a standard tomato plant, however you can get a successful crop from cherries in a hanging basket so if they are small plants you could get away with it. 

If all you have are 10" pots I would cut the bottom out and stand three of them on a grow bag so that the roots can grow down into the bag for a good root run.

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Re: Another tomato question
« Reply #4 on: April 20, 2012, 11:44 »
Thanks LilacSandy, good idea I might just do that.  I think the pots that have the bottoms missing are more expensive to buy anyway!

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Re: Another tomato question
« Reply #5 on: April 20, 2012, 16:44 »
I've started to notice that the bottom leaves have curled up a little and are feeling stiffer and dryer than the ones above, is this a clear case of under watering?  Just to add all these tomatoes were recently move to either new large tub and pots in grow bags.

I know I keep asking about my tomatoes, but I would hate at this stage to mess things up.

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Re: Another tomato question
« Reply #6 on: April 20, 2012, 17:07 »

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Re: Another tomato question
« Reply #7 on: April 20, 2012, 17:30 »
or red velvet mites
http://www.dgsgardening.btinternet.co.uk/redvelvetmite.htm

And they are not insects, they are Arachnids.  :D

but no-one would know that until they found out what they were, would they?  :lol:

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Re: Another tomato question
« Reply #8 on: April 20, 2012, 17:34 »
Red spider mites are almost invisible, and really are more yellow than red tbh
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Re: Another tomato question
« Reply #9 on: April 20, 2012, 22:38 »
10" pots are rather small for a standard tomato plant, however you can get a successful crop from cherries in a hanging basket so if they are small plants you could get away with it. 

If all you have are 10" pots I would cut the bottom out and stand three of them on a grow bag so that the roots can grow down into the bag for a good root run.

I intend doing this this year, even though I shall be using bigger pots. However, I was not going to cut the bottom out of the pots. Surely the roots will find their way out through the drainage holes. My neighbour does it this way and his tommy crops are humungus.

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Re: Another tomato question
« Reply #10 on: April 21, 2012, 09:04 »
10" pots are rather small for a standard tomato plant, however you can get a successful crop from cherries in a hanging basket so if they are small plants you could get away with it. 

If all you have are 10" pots I would cut the bottom out and stand three of them on a grow bag so that the roots can grow down into the bag for a good root run.

I intend doing this this year, even though I shall be using bigger pots. However, I was not going to cut the bottom out of the pots. Surely the roots will find their way out through the drainage holes. My neighbour does it this way and his tommy crops are humungus.

You can leave them to find their own way, but why restrict them in the first place? Just was h out the pots at the end of the season and use they again next year so you are not wasting them.

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Re: Another tomato question
« Reply #11 on: April 22, 2012, 09:49 »
Dont take the bottom out of my pots and grow ok ,here are this years.



And last years.





Had to suport some of the truses as to heavy with tomatoes

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Re: Another tomato question
« Reply #12 on: April 22, 2012, 17:46 »
or red velvet mites
http://www.dgsgardening.btinternet.co.uk/redvelvetmite.htm

And they are not insects, they are Arachnids.  :D

but no-one would know that until they found out what they were, would they?  :lol:

Count the legs - Insects = 6; Arachnids= 8  :D

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Re: Another tomato question
« Reply #13 on: April 22, 2012, 20:28 »
Dont take the bottom out of my pots and grow ok ,here are this years.



And last years.





Had to suport some of the truses as to heavy with tomatoes

Agreed, but they are not 10" pots.



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