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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).

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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