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Hoping for fall/winter tomatoes this year

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Hoping for fall/winter tomatoes this year

Post  elliephant on 7/11/2012, 9:36 am

Started a 12 cell a few days ago with the following:

Super Sweet 100
Grub's Mystery Green
Orange Fleshed Purple Smudge
Green Zebra
Cherokee Purple
Sungold
Yellow Pear
Tropic
San Marzano (x4)

Most are up and I immediately transferred them to a peat pot of MM, buried up to their necks. No lights, just using a windowsill. If they get too leggy there I will put them out on the porch sitting in a shallow tub of water.

Now I've just got to pull enough summer crops to make room for them Wink

Anyone else getting their fall maters going?

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Re: Hoping for fall/winter tomatoes this year

Post  cheyannarach on 7/11/2012, 3:18 pm

Razz Not me, lol, says the girl from South Dakota!

You are making me a bit jealous right now! Sounds like a great variety!
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Post  Squat_Johnson on 7/11/2012, 4:46 pm

I am growing some backups. I take some of the larger suckers, trim the leaves and leave the stems for the bottom 6" or so (roots will form on these stems). Then I bury them 6" down in MM and cross my fingers. A couple didn't take the heat from last week, but I am 6 for 8...

I am doing this b/c I have some kinda blight going on in the main tomato bed.
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Post  cheyannarach on 7/11/2012, 7:09 pm

@Squat_Johnson wrote:I am growing some backups. I take some of the larger suckers, trim the leaves and leave the stems for the bottom 6" or so (roots will form on these stems). Then I bury them 6" down in MM and cross my fingers. A couple didn't take the heat from last week, but I am 6 for 8...

I am doing this b/c I have some kinda blight going on in the main tomato bed.

Squat, have you ever brought them in and left them in a up of water, Rowena does this with a lot of plants and I tried with some basil, voila about a week later roots and a new plant. I've never tried but it sounds like it's worth a shot, might help more of them take. Hmmm I think I just talked myself into trying it Very Happy
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Post  westx on 7/11/2012, 7:37 pm

Yes Ellie I planted mine this last weekend. Plant a Porter, Celebrity, Early Girl, Better Boy, a brand of cherry I don't remeber and am trying an Indigo Rose. Can't wait to see how that one turns out. Never tried a purple tomato before. Also plant Egg Plant seeds.

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Post  givvmistamps on 7/12/2012, 4:46 pm

I'm waiting for my older son to get back from visiting my family in NC, then we'll start the Amish paste toms for fall/winter, and try Squat_Johnson's plan for the cherry toms. My Roma & Heatmaster toms are pretty well done for after Debby dumped on us, but the top of the cherry tom looks pretty hopeful.
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Re: Hoping for fall/winter tomatoes this year

Post  Goosegirl on 7/13/2012, 7:23 am

@cheyannarach wrote:
@Squat_Johnson wrote:I am growing some backups. I take some of the larger suckers, trim the leaves and leave the stems for the bottom 6" or so (roots will form on these stems). Then I bury them 6" down in MM and cross my fingers. A couple didn't take the heat from last week, but I am 6 for 8...

I am doing this b/c I have some kinda blight going on in the main tomato bed.

Squat, have you ever brought them in and left them in a up of water, Rowena does this with a lot of plants and I tried with some basil, voila about a week later roots and a new plant. I've never tried but it sounds like it's worth a shot, might help more of them take. Hmmm I think I just talked myself into trying it Very Happy

I did this with one of my best little 6" seedlings that I smacked and broke Shocked ! Less than a week in a cup of water and I had good roots showing. It went straight from the water to the garden. Out in the garden now, you can't tell it ever had a set-back. Healthy, strong, big, and setting fruit! happy dance

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Re: Hoping for fall/winter tomatoes this year

Post  cheyannarach on 7/13/2012, 11:27 am

Good to know goosegirl, I trimmed all mine yesterday and they are sitting in a bucket of water as we speak!
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Post  givvmistamps on 7/13/2012, 2:50 pm

Great tip GG! I'll definitely do that with my cherry tomatoes! What a great place this is, to learn tricks that save plants and $$!!! thanks
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