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Tomato Seedlings

Tomato Seedlings

Caring for tomato seedlings can be a tricky business and a bit of a balancing act! They need to be kept warm – but not too warm or they’ll become leggy. They need moisture in their soil – but not too much or they’ll become leggy They need light and plenty of it – but too much hot direct sunlight or they will become stressed. The three requirements of temperature, soil moisture and light need to be right to get

Over-Feeding Tomato Plants

Over-feeding is one of the easiest mistakes to make when growing tomatoes. We want them to grow as fast as possible but sometimes kill them with kindness – or we make life more difficult for them! Tomato food (mineral salts) can build-up and crystallize in the soil causing root burn. An overdose of mineral salts can send a plant into stress which is often displayed by leaf curl on the upper part of a tomato plant. Having the correct balance

Tomato Pots and Potting-On

How Many Pots Do I Need? I was recently asked why it is necessary to use several pot sizes when growing tomatoes from seed – why not just plant the seeds directly into the ground? Here are some reasons why it is best to plant into small pots then increase the pot size as the plants grow. Roots Encourage Plant Growth When plant roots reach the side of their pot,┬áthe plant┬ádevelops more quickly. This has the advantage of earlier flowering,

Tomato Blight Treatment

Tomato blight, also referred to as potato blight, is a fungal condition which is the result of wet, damp weather and mostly affects tomato plants growing outside. Even so, greenhouses that are inadequately aerated can also be a reason for the appearance of blight, on account of high humidity and condensation. Tomato Blight Treatment Plan If blight has infected quite a few leaves the time has come to spray with Dithane 945 or apply Bordeaux Mixture. This can prevent the