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Tomato Problems – Wilt

With September with us, I was hoping that the tomato season would be extended through this month and into (at least) next. I usually get tomatoes all the way through until mid-November with the late beefsteak varieties providing something all … Continue reading

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Tomato Problems – Bacterial Canker

This year (2020) as every year, my plants seem to wilt with the leaves dying back. This year it seems slightly worse than normal but I keep going through cutting off the affected leaves and hoping for the best. However, … Continue reading

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Guttation – Droplets on the Leaf Edges

Sometimes, usually overnight or when the weather is cool and damp, droplets of liquid form along the edges of the leaves of plants. This is “Guttation”. Not to be confused with the early morning dew, guttation is caused by the … Continue reading

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Tomato Blight

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Tomato Problems: Blossom End Rot

Blossom End Rot White Zebra with Blossom End Rot Orange Banana Kibits Ukranian If you’ve got tomatoes that look like the above pictures, you’ve got Blossom End Rot. Now, this isn’t a disease or insect damage or anything terrible like … Continue reading

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When should I sow my Tomato Seeds?

I ask myself this question every year. The seed packets say “sow in late winter” (when’s that?) or “late January to March” (more understandable) and, in different years, I’ve tried sowing from early January through until early April. I think … Continue reading

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Tomatoes: Determinate, Indeterminate, Semi-Determinate, Cordon or Bush: Pruning & Harvesting

Over the years I’ve been growing tomatoes, I have learned more and more about them and have a better understanding about how they behave so I thought I would write what I know about the three different growth habits of … Continue reading

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Should you grow Multiple Stems on Indeterminate Tomatoes?

There are essentially three different types of tomatoes, Indeterminate, Semi-Determinate and Determinate. They are defined by their growth habits. In this article we are going to consider growing Indeterminate tomatoes on a non-commercial scale. Indeterminate tomatoes are usually grown in … Continue reading

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Tomato Tar – Green Stains on your Towels

How do I stop green stains on towels when handling tomatoes? When you handle tomato plants, you’re bound to get your hands coated with a yellow powder that causes stains on the towel even when you’ve washed your hands carefully … Continue reading

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Tomato Plants: Determinate, Indeterminate, Semi-Determinate – what do they mean?

There are two (or three) different types of tomato plants: Determinate; Indeterminate; and Semi-Determinate. Determinate Determinate plants (also known as bush tomatoes) grow to a pre-determined sized and then flower and fruit over a short time (about two weeks or … Continue reading

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