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Raising Tomatoes
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HaySam    Posted 01-19-2003 at 08:37:44       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Does anyone have any good tips on raising

tomatoes in this time of virus and wilt.
and bugs

LeeAnn Butters    Posted 06-06-2009 at 14:20:00       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Can anyone please help me. My tomato plants endure incredible heat here in the Arizona desert, and while mine are growing well, the leaves are sort of dry and curled UP, not Under. Does anyone know what might be causing that?

henry    Posted 07-18-2007 at 08:03:25       [Reply]  [Send Email]
what causes the tomatoe leaves to turn yellow and dry up ?

PoWorker    Posted 06-21-2004 at 08:37:47       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Does anyone know if you are suppose to pull off any leaves on the tomato plant to make it grow more tomatoes?

tomatolord    Posted 01-20-2003 at 09:52:17       [Reply]  [Send Email]
the secret is

1 - DO NOT till in the spring...I spread 4-6 inches of leaf mulch in the garden and plant right into that - or any type of mulch as cheap as you can find - this keeps all the soil born diseases away

2 - wall o waters - these are water type teepees that allow you to plant up to 6 weeks earlier than otherwise possible - while the weather is cold the roots grow - then when it warms up the plant will grow 3-4 inches every day!

3 - dolomitic lime - 4-5 handfuls - into the hole

4 - 10-10-10 slow release fertilizer - also into the hole

5 - upside down soda bottle with the bottom cut of next to the plant with a stick in the mouth of the bottle, water the bottle never the plant

6 - I use cages and set my cage 2 feet off of the ground, by the time the plant comes out of th wall o water it is already 18 inches tall

7 I ONLY grow heirloom tomatoes none of the disease resistant kind and have never had any disease problems with this method

I am in zone 7 raleigh nc,

The thing is that the plants are healthy and full of fruit by the time the high of summer hits. All of the diseases in a tomato come from the soil, so the mulch protects the plants.

good luck!

ray    Posted 06-21-2004 at 12:20:02       [Reply]  [Send Email]
My daugher in law says she picks off the first blossoms, makes for bigger plants, but I am not sure about this. let me know ok??

rwf12439    Posted 02-08-2008 at 21:46:56       [Reply]  [No Email]
might make bigger plants but what abt the tomatoes u want plants or tomatoes

Misty Marshall    Posted 07-19-2004 at 17:41:31       [Reply]  [Send Email]

I am raising heirloom tomatoes of several
varieties and I have large, long(2-4 inches)
irregular shaped, raised, light green patches
on my tomatoe stems spreading form the
base of the plant. The leaves look normal, the
plants otherwise appear healthy and they are
putting out fruit. I have no idea what this is.
Has anyone heard of such a thing????

HaySam    Posted 01-19-2003 at 16:04:26       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Here in Southwest Ark. we have a virus
or wilt that hits our tomatoes about the time
the tomatos are the size of a golf ball
and they look like you put boling water on them

Donna from Mo    Posted 01-20-2003 at 03:06:06       [Reply]  [Send Email]
That sounds like what we call blight around here. I've found the only way I can have tomatoes is to put them in a new place every year. Some varieties are more resistant than others, too; Celebrity is one that I've had good luck with. I'm just glad I have 43 acres, or I'd run out of new spots to plant tomatoes in!

Dave    Posted 01-20-2003 at 15:23:22       [Reply]  [No Email]
If I'm not mistaken blight is caused from a lack of calcium. We put lime in the hole before you put the plant in and also may put some on top of ground before watering sometime. You can also buy calcium chloride and mix it with water and put on em.

LL    Posted 01-19-2003 at 16:54:12       [Reply]  [No Email]
Cut them off about a week before this happens and then slice them and fry them. Fried Green Tomatoes. Money can't buy them.

LL    Posted 01-19-2003 at 14:32:20       [Reply]  [No Email]
Tomatoes is something I know about. I will get Maggie to scan the pictures of my tomatoe garden. I have best luck using levels for stakes. Something about being plumb that makes them grow better. My theroy is 50 cents for the plant and 50 dollars for the stak or is it steak. Anyway the plant knows you love it when you spend money on it. I will get Maggie to post the picture late this evening.

BOSS    Posted 01-19-2003 at 12:45:37       [Reply]  [No Email]
Believe it or not, I have had my best success from potted tomatoes, especially the cherry tomatoes. Lots of water and lots of sun !!!!!!
I can get a 8 ft. high, 6 ft. wide cherry tomatoe plant from a 2 ft. pot. I get at least about 40-50 tomatoes a day on them. I was giving them to whoever wanted them, I have to make a giant ?trussle? to tie the plant to.
But I never had much luck with growing them in the ground. bugs, disease, animals, kids, I would fight everything, with no luck. The potted ones I could baby and take care of.

Tom A    Posted 01-19-2003 at 12:23:12       [Reply]  [No Email]
First, pick a variety that is good for your area and resistant to whatever pests you have. There are lots (at least many hundreds) of varieties to choose from if you start them yourself from seed. The most commonly grown varieties aren't really the best, they just grow in the widest area. My favorites are Celebrity, Homestead, and Pineapple for "eating" tomatoes, and Amish Paste and Roma for canning...but they may not do well where ever you are.

I plant mine in seed starter mix about 6 or 8 weeks before I can put them in the ground...or several weeks after the weather has stabilized above the low 40s at night (better 2 weeks too late than a day too early..they'll catch up as long as they aren't cold-damaged).

Give the seedlings lots and lots of bright light and keep them moist but not wet. I leave my grow lights on at least 12-14 hours a day. Don't fertilize the seedlings! This makes them grow more roots as they "look" for food in the planting mix. My seedlings are usually very heavy-rooted and stocky by the time I'm ready to put them out. I put them out first in a cold frame for about a week, then out in the open (mottled shade, under a big tree) for a couple of days before I actually plant them in the ground.

Plant them as deep as you can, I usually go a little deeper than the first set of "real" leaves. All that buried stem grows roots and feeds your plant...they'll look short at first, but will grow faster and withstand drought and heat much better this way. Spread them out pretty good, and either stake or cage them so they get a little airflow. Water once really good when you plant.

Watch them daily...look for bugs just appearing. It is easier to hand pick the first few adult bugs before they lay eggs than it is to try to spray away all the millions later. I don't water mine much, even in last year's drought I don't think I watered more than a half-dozen times the whole summer.

good luck,

Dave    Posted 01-19-2003 at 11:12:19       [Reply]  [No Email]
Well, down here we grow em. We don't raise em. :) Sorry, I couldn't resist.
When you buy em, get the biggest heartiest plants you can find (of the kind of tomatoes you want) When you plant em, plant em deeeep, pull off the botton leaves and put em in deep. We put a little lime down in the whole, bout half a hand full. We wrap a little piece of newspaper around the stalk, about a 4" wide piece of newspaper, leave about 3" sticking up outa tha ground. (keeps some kinda worm or somethin from trimmin off the plant right at the ground level). Use plenty of sevin dust and fertilizer and it don't hurt to put out some more lime as the year goes by. We grow betterboy and cherry100 (tommy toes). And I can't wait to start planting. :)

Burrhead    Posted 01-19-2003 at 12:41:08       [Reply]  [No Email]
we call them things *cut worms* around here.

Dave    Posted 01-19-2003 at 13:37:41       [Reply]  [No Email]
Yea! That's it. I Couldn't remember exactly what it was, but I remember to do it.
That's kinda like....tha Smith girl always cut the end off of a ham before puttin it in the oven. Well one day her husband finally asked why she did that and she said she didn't know exactly, but her maw always did. Well, this stirred up a curiosity in em both. So, she called maw and she said she don't know either, that her maw always did it. Well they tracked down grandmaw and asked her bout it and she said her maw always did it. Believe it or not thez able to track down great grandmaw and ask her. You know what she said? That great grandpaw always raised real big hogs and she had a small oven so she always had to cut the end off ta get it in tha oven.
Whew! Thatz a lota typin :)

Good Un..Jim(MO)nt    Posted 01-19-2003 at 14:36:16       [Reply]  [No Email]

LL    Posted 01-19-2003 at 14:48:22       [Reply]  [No Email]
Use water and epson salts to water them if you want to grow giant tomatoes. I'm talking GIANT TOMATOES. I have seen them up to 4 pounds the fellow that did this used cement blocks to hold them up so as not to break the vine. About late July or August when you think the plant has quit producing bend the plant over and bury the top part of it and it will grow another plant and make more tomatoes before winter. There only two things that money cant buy and thats true love and home grown tomatoes.

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