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Basic (and probably dim) questions about tomato plants...

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EachPeachPearMum Wed 24-Jun-09 14:19:15

We were given a sproutling plant by my SIL...
it has been on a south facing window sill for a month or so- it is now 3 feet tall, so I have re-potted into a bigger pot this week, with a cane for support (as opposed to a BBQ skewer grin).

But:
When do the flowers come?
Does it need to be outside to get tomatoes? (does it need pollination by flying creatures?
Will nasty bugs get to it if I put it out?
Is south facing garden too hot, or just right?
Do I have to feed it?
Will feeding mean it's not organic?

fruitstick Wed 24-Jun-09 14:21:24

watching with interest - can I also ask, are you meant to prune them so they grow up rather than out ifswim.

Uriel Wed 24-Jun-09 16:21:15

Ok, do you know if it's a bush or a cordon? Bushes don't need sideshoots pinching out.
Cordons need sideshoots pinching out.
Flowers now - if you look closely you might see the flowers forming.
Needs pollination. I've got mine in the greenhouse and I just open the door. It'll do fine outside in a south-facing garden. Tomatoes like lots of water though.
I've found a lot of aphids on my plants this year - just pick them off.
Feed the plant after the first truss (lowest bunch of flowers) has set.
You can get organic tomato feed, I think. Don't know how they'd get on if you didn't feed them...

RHS growing tomatoes

fruitstick Wed 24-Jun-09 16:57:07

bush or cordon? no idea. how do I know?

Uriel Wed 24-Jun-09 17:47:47

Do you know what it's called, fruitstick?

EachPeachPearMum Wed 24-Jun-09 19:02:19

Oh thankyou Uriel!
Mine is "money maker" AFAIK... so is that a bush or a cordon?
Haven't spotted any flower buds yet...
will go and pop it outside.

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