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Tomato Tuesday 2016

Post  Windmere on 3/17/2016, 2:06 pm

Remember this thread you guys?  I thought it would be nice to resurrect this thread for 2016.  I know y'all have some nice plants going.  Let's show them off!

Yeah, yeah, I know:  It's Thursday... but I like the ring of Tomato Tuesday, plus it's sentimental.

Here's my tomatoes for this year.  I planted them early last month:




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Post  landarch on 3/17/2016, 3:49 pm

Windmere, do you use the large Jiffy pellets?  I typically use the small ones and have great luck, however this year some seedlings are ready for light while others in the same tray have yet to germinate. 

I'll post some pics this evening...I'm still a week or so away before true leaves appear.

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Post  Windmere on 3/17/2016, 6:03 pm

@landarch wrote:Windmere, do you use the large Jiffy pellets?  I typically use the small ones and have great luck, however this year some seedlings are ready for light while others in the same tray have yet to germinate. 

I'll post some pics this evening...I'm still a week or so away before true leaves appear.
Yep, those are the 50 mm ones that Jiffy advertises as specifically for tomatoes.  I've decided to use these for the first time.  I am liking the results.

I always have to do a "bridge" transplant before I actually plant them permanently.  Usually I use peat pots.  I plant permanently very late because our Georgia weather is notoriously fickle.  It's a beautiful day today.  Sunday it will be 35 degrees.

Using the larger Jiffy pellets buys me a little more time I think.  I'm using the larger pellets for everything, including ornamentals.  My wife wants lots of Zinnias and Cosmos again this year.

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Re: Tomato Tuesday 2016

Post  Scorpio Rising on 3/17/2016, 8:41 pm

Throwback Thursday! Love it! No tomatoes for me yet, but love your gorgeous pics! Soon, Igor, soon....... lol!

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Post  landarch on 3/17/2016, 10:03 pm

here are my tomato seedlings in small Jiffy pellets...I first thought the pellets were a problem since I'm at about 50% germination, but then I just remembered that I think I used last year's tomato seeds.

Below is a tray of new seeds (2016)...in a 8 cell x 16 cell tray with seed starting mix.

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Post  Windmere on 3/17/2016, 10:44 pm

Landarch, they look fantastic!

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Post  yolos on 3/18/2016, 12:23 am

Ok, I was going to wait until after tomorrow (when I retire again) before posting pictures but I just couldn't wait.  Here are some of my tomato transplants I first planted from seed on 2/14/16.  The largest tomato is 10 inches from the soil level.  This batch is ready to plant.  I am just waiting until after this cold front passes through my area before I plant them in the garden.  I have been hardening them off during the day but bringing them in at night.  I am trying to wait until the night time temps stay above 50*F.

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Post  sanderson on 3/18/2016, 3:41 am

Mine are just getting their first true leaves.

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Re: Tomato Tuesday 2016

Post  landarch on 3/18/2016, 10:20 am

yolos...great looking plants!  lows in the low 30's through the weekend so plants are coming inside as well...I shoot for planting in mid-may if all goes well.

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Post  CitizenKate on 3/18/2016, 10:26 am

@landarch wrote:yolos...great looking plants!  lows in the low 30's through the weekend so plants are coming inside as well...I shoot for planting in mid-may if all goes well.
Really, that late? I usually have mine out around the 1st of May, but this year, I may have them out sooner.

Great looking plants, yolos!

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Post  CapeCoddess on 3/18/2016, 10:53 am

Here are my li'l week old babies:
Long way to go.  Those 5 oddballs in the front left four cells are brussel sprouts.

After taking the photo this morning I clipped all the extra Black Cherries down leaving 6, just in case.

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Re: Tomato Tuesday 2016

Post  johnp on 3/18/2016, 4:02 pm

Wow, you all are way ahead of me. I got peppers, eggplant and tomatoes planted today and it is snowing outside. I should have stayed in AZ Cool This year I was extra careful and went very slowly and was absolutely sure that all tomatoes were correctly labeled so that I won't have ID problems like all the past years, right. Rolling Eyes

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Re: Tomato Tuesday 2016

Post  landarch on 3/18/2016, 5:26 pm

Mother's Day is kinda of a target date...maybe a bit sooner if forecasts look good.  I'm about 15 minutes from the community garden so it's not convenient to plant then protect if the weather doesn't cooperate...then I have to make it out there again to uncover.

I may try first of May in my SFG beds at home...warmer soil, easier to cover and uncover, a bit more protected from wind, etc.

It seems like a sell a lot of seedlings to people who plant way too early...so with peppers and tomatoes I don't mind waiting a bit, however babysitting so many seedlings becomes a total pain.

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Post  AtlantaMarie on 3/19/2016, 7:27 am

Like Yolos, my tomatoes are ready to go out as soon as this freeze is over. (Along with onions, pumpkin, cabbage, a few swiss chard and some odds & ends.)


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Post  CitizenKate on 3/19/2016, 2:29 pm

@landarch wrote:Mother's Day is kinda of a target date...maybe a bit sooner if forecasts look good.  I'm about 15 minutes from the community garden so it's not convenient to plant then protect if the weather doesn't cooperate...then I have to make it out there again to uncover.

I may try first of May in my SFG beds at home...warmer soil, easier to cover and uncover, a bit more protected from wind, etc.

It seems like a sell a lot of seedlings to people who plant way too early...so with peppers and tomatoes I don't mind waiting a bit, however babysitting so many seedlings becomes a total pain.
That makes sense. I've started a lot more than I will be using with the same idea in mind... sell a few to make back some of what I spent raising my own garden.

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Post  Windmere on 3/25/2016, 10:22 am

I always bring in my tomato seedlings at night.  They "sleep" in our kitchen window box.  This was my view while making up my coffee this morning:



Time to move them to larger pots!

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Post  Kelejan on 3/25/2016, 6:39 pm

Yolos, so you are going to retire again tomorrow?  I hope all goes well with you and your "retirement" is not delayed once more. 

You tomatoes look fabulous.

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Post  CapeCoddess on 4/10/2016, 1:07 pm

I wasn't sure where to put this photo so I figured here is as good as anywhere. Check out this tomato seedling. The seed leaves still have the seed attached to them. Sometimes that happens and they usually grow out of it or die back. This one didn't but instead the seed leaves are still stuck together and the true leaves came up anyway. Isn't that amazing?!

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Post  Scorpio Rising on 4/10/2016, 1:52 pm

Ain't Nature fun? Lol, weird!

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Re: Tomato Tuesday 2016

Post  landarch on 4/11/2016, 1:33 pm

I tried an experiment yesterday...I grabbed a cup of water, razor blade, starting mix, deep cell tray, rooting hormone, and some potted-up tomatoes that have been hardening off in the last week or so.

My goal is to propagate some new plants from cuttings without having to re-seed and wait so long.  For cuttings, I used either a larger healthy side stem, or snipped off an entire plant from pots that had doubles.  I am trying with Carbon, Krim and a Hybrid called Health Kick. 

The cuttings wilted a bit because I left them out in the warm weather a bit too long (partly cloudy) and perked right up as soon as I moved them inside.  They're under a grow light today...may post some pics this evening.  They'll have about a full month  before planting...should be enough time.

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Post  yolos on 4/11/2016, 8:12 pm

@landarch wrote:I tried an experiment yesterday...I grabbed a cup of water, razor blade, starting mix, deep cell tray, rooting hormone, and some potted-up tomatoes that have been hardening off in the last week or so.

My goal is to propagate some new plants from cuttings without having to re-seed and wait so long.  For cuttings, I used either a larger healthy side stem, or snipped off an entire plant from pots that had doubles.  I am trying with Carbon, Krim and a Hybrid called Health Kick. 

The cuttings wilted a bit because I left them out in the warm weather a bit too long (partly cloudy) and perked right up as soon as I moved them inside.  They're under a grow light today...may post some pics this evening.  They'll have about a full month  before planting...should be enough time.

I snipped off extra tomato seedlings from each pot and replanted them.  It worked out great.  See my repotted snipped seedlings below. They are very healthy and growing normally.

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Post  Scorpio Rising on 4/11/2016, 9:38 pm

What do you exactly mean by "snipped seedlings"? Curious

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Post  yolos on 4/11/2016, 9:54 pm

@Scorpio Rising wrote:What do you exactly mean by "snipped seedlings"?  Curious
In my case, I was working 60-70 hrs a week in Feb (seed starting month).  I did not have time to start seeds the normal method.  So I ordered a Park's Bio-dome starting system.  It comes with sponges that you plant your seed into a little hole in the sponge.  Water is wicked up from the bottom.  In order to insure I had good germination, I put 2 to 3 seeds in each sponge.  I had almost 100% germination.  Because the planting medium was sponges, I could not separate the seedlings in each sponge.  So I cut (snipped) the seedlings at the soil level leaving one in each sponge.  I hated to just trash those beautiful little seedlings.  So I set them in water for a while then planted in soil.  Snipped = clipped = cut down.

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Post  Scorpio Rising on 4/11/2016, 10:03 pm

Huh! Amazing! I thought that was what you were talking about! Interesting. I do that ALL THE TIME! Good to know thanks

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Post  landarch on 4/11/2016, 10:11 pm

Here are my cuttings...out of about 16 or so I may have one or two that look pretty wilted.

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