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Post  jwbryson 5/10/2011, 4:11 pm

I've read and discovered on my own that my tomato plants get mold when the leaves get wet, so I'm militant about avoiding that when I water them. The question is this--should I be out there at my plants with anti-mold spray every time it rains to ward off mold? Question about tomato plants. 601593

Also, I know this is a problem for zukes too, but what about other plants such as strawberries, others? Thanks.
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Post  BackyardBirdGardner 5/10/2011, 6:25 pm

Personally, I would wait for the mold to arrive before applying anything. You may get lucky.

However, now that you know, you can be ready for the stuff....and know what to look for. I wouldn't worry too much, though, until I saw I had a problem.

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Post  acara 5/10/2011, 8:12 pm

I would refrain from applying anything before you need it, for something that is treatable.

Mold isn't the end of the world on tomatoes & if your checking them daily, it's pretty easy to compensate for if it's caught early.
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Post  floyd1440 7/22/2011, 6:53 am

I planted 2 grape tomato plants this spring but have never grown them this year. Assuming they were a bush plant I did not pinch them as they grew. These plants are larger than my other tomatoes and have basicly taken over my garden.

Can someone give some advice on how to grow these plants as I have done something wrong and would like to grow them correctly going forward.

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Post  camprn 7/22/2011, 3:41 pm

Can you tell us the specific variety? This link will take you to a site that may give you the information you are looking for.
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Post  Goosegirl 7/23/2011, 7:07 am

floyd1440 wrote:
Can someone give some advice on how to grow these plants as I have done something wrong and would like to grow them correctly going forward.

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Nothing 'wrong' about it, they just may not be contained the way you would like them! Plants will do what they do naturally, and for some that means taking over the yard. If you didn't know/didn't expect it to be a vining or indeterminate, you can only do what you can do. I just staked up some tomatoes for a friend that had let hers go (not by choice, just by circumstances) and didn't know what she was going to do with them.

There are some great threads about pruning and trellising - not too late to get snip-happy. Do some searches on the site and see what you come up with. I love the emt conduit trellises - they are strong enough to far to withstand our 60+mph winds we have had this season. I have pruned my tomatoes for the first time this year, and I am hooked! I have no idea what in my yard is a vining or bush because I had to make do with volunteers from last season, so EVERYTHING has been getting a Bob Job!

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Post  floyd1440 7/24/2011, 8:12 pm

Unfortunately I purchased these grape tomato plants at a road side stand and did not ask the right questions. He said they were a "bush" plant however putting one plant per square was either to small or it is a vining plant. I got them staked up and pruned a lot off. Since I was late building these boxes I did not take the proper time to research they plants.

Any good cherry or grape seeds you suggest for next year?????/
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Post  Goosegirl 7/25/2011, 7:06 am

Bush (determinate) tomatoes require more than one square - they actually require about 4 squares for one plant. The vining (indeterminate) can be maintained in 1 square, with pruning and training up a trellis. But, if you don't know whatcha got, all you can do is guess when you stick it in the ground!



I ordered seeds for all determinate tomatoes for this season. One week later, I came across the ALL NEW SFG book in Menards. I then had to reconsider how much space I wanted to take up with just tomatoes!



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Post  floyd1440 7/25/2011, 7:26 pm

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Do you like the vining or bush grape tomatoes? You are correct as it would take at least 4 squares for the plants I purchased. If you have a pick for a vining grape I would like to know as I am new to these and will do better next season

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Post  Goosegirl 7/25/2011, 7:59 pm

Floyd - I have never grown grape tomatoes. I generally go for paste tomatoes, and a few big slicers. I love making sauce out of Lemon Boys - it is just cool to have yellow pasta sauce! This year I am also doing a cherry: Porters Dark Cherry. It is one of the few seed starts that I did not kill in my overexuberance this spring! I also have Banana Legs (a yellow paste tomato, determinate), Manitoba (a medium size red slicer, determinate) and LOTS of volunteers from last year that I have dug up and placed in my SFG - mostly vining. My tomato crop this year is a mystery until fruit sets and ripens (I had 4 different colors of paste tomatoes last year, so until color appears, I have NO clue :scratch:). I am really hoping one of the volunteers will be a Goose Creek. Last year they were HUGE - easily softball size! Since a volunteer from it will likely be a cross with something else, anything bigger than my fist will officially be named Goose Girl!



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Post  camprn 7/25/2011, 9:49 pm

Goosegirl wrote:Bush (determinate) tomatoes require more than one square - they actually require about 4 squares for one plant.
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I am totally pushing the boundaries of this belief. I planted 4 determinate tomatoes in a row, one per square. There are eggplants and poblano peppers on either side of this row of tomato plants. So far they are doing very well with limited pruning and a Florida weave trellis. This is the first time I have used the Florida weave and I find it an exceptional containment trellis system. I am impressed and plan on using it again. My only problem at this point is that I need taller posts, the plants are already nearly 4 feet tall. Shocked Shocked
This is what they looked like last week. New photos tomorrow in Tomato Tuesday New England.
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Post  Goosegirl 7/26/2011, 6:56 am

Looking good, Camprn!
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