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Discussion in 'Horticulture' started by baltoed, Apr 5, 2014.

  1. baltoed

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    Sorry for the multi post but I hate lumping too many different questions in one message..Doesnt help later for anyone looking for just one thing. So.. Tomatoes!.. again.. six ..maybe more larger size tomatoe seed style from the US.. no luck.. really wished I got one slicer going..aka big boy..better boy style..or yellow .. I get local tomatoes about golf ball size even with what fertilizer I can give it..I think minerals are an issue big time.. And the local tomatoes always seem to have skin really really tough..almost like a plastic wrapper ( Doesnt stop the birds from peckin holes in them just prior to ripness.. I have to pick early and ripen indoors just after they show some color
     
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    I have cherry tomato, Beefstake and "Grosse Lisse" tomato seedlings. As you can see from the picture I have a reasonable quality available at this time.

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    The plants on the right are Cherry Tomatoes, Beefstake in the center, and "Grosse Lisse" on the left.

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    This is one of the "Grosse Lisse" seedlings.

    I usually sell the seedling for 12 P because most people want growing plants. The seed sell for 1 P each except Zucchini.

    I will be here tomorrow morning, Sunday, at 8:30 as there is another forum member coming by to pick up some Hibiscus cuttings I started for him.

    Let me know if you are interested.
     

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    Finished my most recent crop of tomatoes about a month ago and was very pleased with the results: large (8 to 10 oz.), fully ripe, very flavorful. New seedlings are well along. Should be exciting times in about 3 months. View attachment 10413
     

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    We have planted slicing tomatoes around our lot so that they get different length day full sun but our best so far have been about 3/4 that size. Any hints?
     
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    It's taken me four years to develop a method that seems to do the job. I have a green house to protect from white flies, fruit flies, horn worm and leaf miners. I spend about six months "manufacturing" each batch of compost (consisting of grass clippings, cow dung and dirt) which I use at transplanting time. I use imported seeds of varieties found to be more resistant to Verticillium wilt, Fusarium wilt, and some other common diseases. The tomato varieties are also more suited to tropical climates. I use a readily available variety of fertilizer to control blossom end rot. I use another readily available product to control nematodes. I apply still another fertilizer mix at the start of blossoming to increase blossom set. And, I add two "secret" ingredients to my compost when I transplant the seedlings which seem to be especially important to encouraging over all plant and fruit development. The varieties I plant include both determinate and indeterminate. As the plants grow, I tie them to plastic string to help support them and keep them off the ground, and I prune them vigorously as recommended by tomato experts. I haven't found that insecticidal or anti-fungal sprays do much good, so I don't bother to use them. My tomatoes definitely are not organic, but they taste so good I really don't care! View attachment 10414 , View attachment 10415
     

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    Beautiful pics of tomatoes...got to agree with most that the local tomatoes there are not very tasty and they are harvested too green.

    Shawn
     
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    I think the reasons why Filipinos usually harvest tomatoes green are: 1. They hold up better in the heat while being transported and marketed, and 2. They don't seem to be attacked by fruit flies when they are still green. If you have ever seen what a ripe tomato looks like a few days after a fruit fly has laid its eggs on it, you'll never want to eat another tomato again in your life. The inside of the fruit is a mass of seething maggots. Eeewwwwwwwww.
     
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    I did not know that fruit flies were an issue there with tomatoes...good to know as I will be planting a bunch pretty soon.
     
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    we bag tomatoes, cukes, bell peppers and eggplant fruit with organza bags held in place with clothes clips. you can get organza at the OK Mart.

    we bag clusters of cherry tomatoes, large tomatoes, cukes, eggplants and some peppers individually. we also made some large bags which we use to bag an entire bell pepper bush. also have a bag on a large lacinato kale plant to keep the worms off of it.

    it's a pita but it's bags or use some kinda poison or eat wormy produce.
     
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    The new crop is progressing. Planted seeds on April 21st. Now have 61 plants, eight different varieties, View attachment 10513 in the ground and growing well.
     

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