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Post  Emily49 5/7/2020, 3:09 pm

Do you think this growth looks right for one month old plants? I think they should be leafy-er?
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Post  countrynaturals 5/7/2020, 5:39 pm

I guess it depends on the variety. Most of mine are a little bigger than that after a month, but my Black Beauties aren't even half that big and they're well over a month old. idk
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Post  Emily49 5/7/2020, 5:48 pm

Beefsteak and BetterBoy
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Post  CitizenKate 5/7/2020, 6:22 pm

How much light are they getting?
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Post  countrynaturals 5/7/2020, 7:23 pm

@Emily49 wrote:Beefsteak and BetterBoy
I don't know about BetterBoy, but my Beefsteak is only about 3 times the size of yours, and I planted it on Jan. 2, which sounds just about right. I'll take a pic later, but it's 97 out there right now. Shocked
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Post  countrynaturals 5/7/2020, 8:49 pm

@countrynaturals wrote:
@Emily49 wrote:Beefsteak and BetterBoy
I don't know about BetterBoy, but my Beefsteak is only about 3 times the size of yours, and I planted it on Jan. 2, which sounds just about right. I'll take a pic later, but it's 97 out there right now. Shocked
Here's mine:

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It's about a foot tall and plodding along. By comparison, my cherry toms are close to 3' tall and loaded with blossoms and fruit, already. geek
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Post  countrynaturals 5/8/2020, 10:20 am

Just to make things even more inteesting, here are my Orange Hat. They're a dwarf variety I want to grow as Christmas presents all fruited out, so I'm experimenting, now. They're beautiful, bushy little plants, about 6" tall, planted 3/22.

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Finally, these are Black Beauties. Planted 2/19. affraid  If these had been my first variety, as a beginning gardener, I might have given up right there. I think they're not only the slowest tomato I've ever tried to grow, but the slowest plant of any kind. I can't figure out what they're waiting for. Anybody else grow these? The "big" one is about 2" high. The little one is about half that. idk
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Post  Emily49 5/8/2020, 11:33 am

@CitizenKate wrote:How much light are they getting?
I have a grow light over them and they are in front of the full glass wall.
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Post  Emily49 5/8/2020, 11:35 am

@countrynaturals wrote:
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@Emily49 wrote:Beefsteak and BetterBoy
I don't know about BetterBoy, but my Beefsteak is only about 3 times the size of yours, and I planted it on Jan. 2, which sounds just about right. I'll take a pic later, but it's 97 out there right now. Shocked
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It's about a foot tall and plodding along. By comparison, my cherry toms are close to 3' tall and loaded with blossoms and fruit, already. geek
Such a nice growing season you have! Pennsylvania is short.
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Post  OhioGardener 5/8/2020, 12:22 pm

My tomato babies are doing pretty good. They were planted on April 3rd, a month and 5 days ago. Unfortunately, they have outgrown the lights, and it is still too cold to transplant them into the beds. I have up-potted 3 of them into larger pots, but 6 of them are still in the original 2" CowPots.  Once they are transplanted, they will really take off, though.


These plants are still in the original 2" CowPots, and awaiting transplanting in the garden. The Basil plants in the same tray will be interplanted with the tomatoes.
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These plants were up-potted and waiting for transplanting
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Post  Emily49 5/8/2020, 4:15 pm

@OhioGardener wrote:My tomato babies are doing pretty good. They were planted on April 3rd, a month and 5 days ago. Unfortunately, they have outgrown the lights, and it is still too cold to transplant them into the beds. I have up-potted 3 of them into larger pots, but 6 of them are still in the original 2" CowPots.  Once they are transplanted, they will really take off, though.


These plants are still in the original 2" CowPots, and awaiting transplanting in the garden. The Basil plants in the same tray will be interplanted with the tomatoes.
These plants were up-potted and waiting for transplanting
Hmm, my up potted tomatoes look like your 2" potted ones and mine were planted April 5.   My basil is smaller too.  I used only compost to pot up, so maybe that's it, or maybe they are having trouble rooting out of the pellet starters I used. I was wondering if I should have peeled that netting like stuff off first.
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Post  countrynaturals 5/8/2020, 9:04 pm

@Emily49 wrote:Hmm, my up potted tomatoes look like your 2" potted ones and mine were planted April 5.   My basil is smaller too.  I used only compost to pot up, so maybe that's it, or maybe they are having trouble rooting out of the pellet starters I used. I was wondering if I should have peeled that netting like stuff off first.
I never do that unless a seed head gets stuck under it, but others here do it all the time.
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Post  OhioGardener 5/9/2020, 8:25 am

@Emily49 wrote: I used only compost to pot up, so maybe that's it, or maybe they are having trouble rooting out of the pellet starters I used. I was wondering if I should have peeled that netting like stuff off first.

I quit using those peat pellets with the plastic mesh around them many years ago. They not only confine the roots of larger plants, but they stay in the soil for years. Jiffy says they are photo-degradable, not bio-degradable. Problem is that once they are buried in the soil they do not get the light they need for the photo-degradable to take effect. I used to use peat pots instead of the pellets, but for the last number of years I started using CowPots which not only decompose faster but feed the plants while decomposing.  But, that is just my $0.02 worth, with change...

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Post  Emily49 5/13/2020, 1:55 pm

@OhioGardener wrote:
@Emily49 wrote: I used only compost to pot up, so maybe that's it, or maybe they are having trouble rooting out of the pellet starters I used. I was wondering if I should have peeled that netting like stuff off first.

I quit using those peat pellets with the plastic mesh around them many years ago. They not only confine the roots of larger plants, but they stay in the soil for years. Jiffy says they are photo-degradable, not bio-degradable. Problem is that once they are buried in the soil they do not get the light they need for the photo-degradable to take effect. I used to use peat pots instead of the pellets, but for the last number of years I started using CowPots which not only decompose faster but feed the plants while decomposing.  But, that is just my $0.02 worth, with change...

I am going to use something else when the pellet refills are gone.  I think the peat pots take a long time to decompose too.  I just saw some sort of system that makes them, but it was pricey.
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Post  mollyhespra 5/13/2020, 6:03 pm

Hi, Emily. The tallest of mine look like that, and they're about a month old. Most are smaller. HTH.
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Post  Scorpio Rising 5/13/2020, 8:02 pm

I think they look great, Emily.  When do you think you will plant outside?  They will need to harden off.  So for a couple days they can do 2-3 hrs of sun, then overnight and 4-6 hours of sun.  

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Post  Emily49 5/15/2020, 10:04 am

Thanks! They are going in within the week.  We had a polar vortex over Mother's Day weekend and there was frost and snow! 
I think the stems are long enough to put the pots almost to the bottom of the raised bed.  I love that even the babies smell like tomatoes!
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