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Giant Tree Tomato: Progress Report

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When I got the two giant tree tomatoes, I potted them in small terra cotta pots and kept them on the kitchen table. At the time, the weather had yet to warm up enough for me to plant them outside. The entire time I kept them inside, some unseen critter ate away at them. When I did put them outside, the predation stopped and the plants recovered.

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After I planted the tomato plants into larger pots, I sprinkled clover seed on the surface of the soil to act as a kind of living mulch.

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That's basil in the middle pot.

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I notice that the large tomato plant has some yellow leaves down at the bottom. I think the bottom leaves don't get enough light because of all the big new leaves above them. I don't think the plants have blight.


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Jun. 13th, 2005 12:18 am (UTC)
You're probably right about the yellow leaves at the bottom; the rest of the leaves look healthy. Yellow leaves can also be an indication of iron deficiency; a little Ironite or other iron treatment can help with that.

Watch out for end rot, also; if it gets really hot/dry in your area, consider putting some mulch on top of the soil to help prevent it. Also, a dill plant near the tomatoes will keep the hornworms off the tomatoes, albeit on the dill plant. You can see them much more easily on the dill, and can set them free elsewhere.

Next year, I'm trying the basil thing.
Jun. 13th, 2005 01:32 am (UTC)
The nearest dill plant stands about 15 feet from the giant tree tomatoes. I have lots of it, and it stands much closer to my Early Girl tomato plants, which I planted late and which lag well behind the GTTs.


Jun. 13th, 2005 05:19 am (UTC)
Yellow leaves
Yellow leaves are almost always at the bottom. I don't think it's the light, but the plant voluntarily cutting off that part, focusing its rescources higher. You can 'help' it by cutting off the lower and already dying leaves.

Another thing you might watch for is the calcium level. You know you can get tomatoes that look like they have a horrible cancer on part of them if tomato plants have used that exact spot of soil a time or so before, right? A little milk in the water weekly works, as does crushing an eggshell in the soil. Also, believe it or not, Marigolds can make a fine barrier to some of the chewy insects.

Don't have hornworms in my area (montana) 'cause its too cold and tomatoes are D--- hard to grow in a tiny timeframe. Lost a few because I planted them too early and though there was 45-55F weather for a month at the end of it there were a few sub-zero nights and snow. I'm even going to make a PVC pipe+plastic tarp tent to cover them to give me an extra month either way.

Have you used Clover before? Does it hinder the weeds without competing too much with the plant?

My biggest plant pest problem is morning glory, a slow motion tentacle monster attack.
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