Various Tomatoes

Ever wondered, why so many people grow tomatoes.. reason  is simple they are tasty & fun-to-grow vegetable it’s exciting to see small buds forming then becoming flowers & fruits, then you wait for them to ripe, growing tomatoes is a wonderful experience. All this doesn’t comes in easy for many of us, as tomato needs lot of care, they need the right amount & kind of fertilizer at the right time, good amount of sunlight & the right climate for optimum results. I guess giving them the best conditions & care is only possible is a controlled green house environment, but for us we can just hope & try to ensure that our conditions are closest to the best for our tomatoes. My first experiment with tomatoes was horrible, I thought they are the most difficult kind of plants to grow & I decided not to grow tomatoes ever, later changed my mind, once failed I did my homework well & this season changed my views about tomatoes for ever. I’ve always dreamed of having wonderful tomatoes growing on my terrace & have bountiful harvests, which is yet not a reality, but looks like a pretty close one ;).

These cherry tomatoes are definitely going to give a mega harvest–Cherry Tomatoes almost ready for harvest

Other than this I’ve got many different varieties coming up in on my terrace– a glimpse on their growth starting from the beginning till now…

I took a few out of the seeding tray for transplanting into grow bags.

Caro Rich seedlings on 2nd Dec 2012

Caro Rich seedlings on 2nd Dec 2012

Into the grow bags, these plants were transplanted at the right time so they did not exhibit any transplant stress and kept on growing at the right pace.  In the picture these are Caro Rich, Stripped Abundant & Poland Pink cultivars of tomato.

In the Growbags.. 6th Dec 2012

In the Growbags.. 6th Dec 2012

After a while I moved them into their final spot along with several other bags growing tomatoes, other varieties that I am growing along are Golden Delight & Arka Vikas, Golden delight is a medium sized yellow plant, determinate & Arka vikas is a medium sized hybrid of semi-determinate type.

These plants are manually fed as of now, my drip supply is missing some components, which I’ve ordered & I am waiting on the delivery, as soon as they come I will setup the drip for these plants, makes life very easy.

As of 12 Dec 2012

As of 12 Dec 2012

The plants are thriving up the sky, pretty soon they need some kind of support tied on to the top.

As of 17 Dec 2012

As of 17 Dec 2012

You can see the drip is almost ready, just waiting on the 2mm feeder pipe..

17th Dec 2012

17th Dec 2012

I already see many plants have blossoms, those at the right size will be able to contain them others I am afraid will loose these flowers.

Blossoms.. As of 17th Dec 2012

Blossoms.. As of 17th Dec 2012 (Caro Rich)

Drip & Support threads attached..

As of 20th Dec 2012

As of 20th Dec 2012

19th - Dec 2012

19th – Dec 2012

19th dec 2012

19th dec 2012

Some plants have formed tiny fruits, but it’s difficult to get a picture with my bad camera ;)..

more later..

Manu

Cherry Tomatoes Fruiting..

Cherry Tomatoes are looking beautiful.. don’t know if its the weather or something which is helping them grow…

these are the plants that i thought would not be able to survive this long & give any fruits..  i discarded some at an earlier stage to make way for another plants, but these plants proved me wrong.. here they are in their full glory..

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the best truss so far.. hope to see them turning red in another week or so..

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Cherry Tomato Dwarf

Some update & Pictures of Tomatoes.

When i started my seeds in September 2012, I planted some tomatoes as well. I had two varieties of tomatoes–

PMLS Round & Cherries.

PMLS round did not germinate at all . I didn’t do any labeling so I wasn’t sure what’s what.. so I was hoping that out of the 9 seedlings some might be cherry & some PMLS round. Now I know all those were cherry tomatoes only. Out of the 9 I just transplanted 6, the seedlings were not looking great so I was a little unsure whether to transplant all of them or not.

They were in the tray only for a month, I transplanted them into some waste PVC pipes until my grow bags arrived..

These already had some buds on them, they flowered in another 1 week and a few had small fruits as well, but I removed all the flowers & fuits hoping to promote more growth, these plants were stunt for a long time, I was feeding HR1 initially and HR2 later.

I had some in small plastic pots, I didn’t wanted to disturb their roots so I transplanted them into the bags along with the pot, just had to cut out the base of the pot without cutting the roots, it was a easy job.

Around Oct 20th 2012 these were transplanted into grow bags, looked stunt for some time. They looked very ugly in the beginning so i wasn’t sure if they would yield anything.

Now they are in full bloom and looking good, i see some fruits as well.

Full bloom cherry tomatoe

Small tiny tomato ..looks promising..

Seed started – Tomatos, Eggplants & Chillies

As the first set of plants are doing good i am forced to start some more plants, last time the Bio carve chillies didn’t germinate at all. I’ve got some seeds from Annandana soil & seed savers. Different kind of chillies are there so i am hopeful this time..

I’ve seeds started below plants–

1) Tomatoes – Caro Rich, Striped Abundant(cherry), Golden delight(Cherry), Arka Vikas, Mehgali, Poland Pink & Broad Ripple..

2) Eggplants – Dark Long Red, Gullu Badane, Heddurgulla Hosanagar, Imperial Black Beauty, Violet Florence

3)Chillies – Great black, Orissa kala, Bangalore Long red

(Meghali, Broad Ripple ,Heddurgulla Hosanagar & Violet Florence are still in the germination box. Normally i keep the seeds for germination first before putting in the tray. You can take a air tight box, put your seeds in some paper towels, wet them and store in air tight box placed in some warm dark place for 2-3 days. )

Rest is here in the trays..

These seeds were put to germination on 2 – Nov 2012.. so far the growth is good.

As of 7th Nov 2012

As of 11 Nov 2012

As of 19 Nov 2012

Buds, Flowers & Fruits …

8 – 11- 2012

As you see there is no drainage collection system here, reason being i don’t need one at this stage. I just pump enough water so it doesn’t comes out of the drainage holes and should be enough for the plants to survive the day. I water the plants every morning through the drip, 16 liters to 20 liters for 24 plants, which is enough right now.

Below picture is of Purple Long from Bio Carve, it’s giving the most healthiest buds & flowers, even the plant is very sturdy.

Below is a group of clustered buds, most of them are falling off due to some reason. May be the plants are not yet ready to host fruits…

Eggplants fruit..

6 th Nov 2012

The plants were already flowering from the last 8-9 days.. None if the flowers have fallen though, but its too early for them to set fruits. Anyways i didn’t pinched off any blossoms, so here is what i get now.. a new set fruit…

Picture taken on 6th Nov 2012

Its just been 44 days since i sowed the seeds and only 20 days since i transplanted them to the grow  bags…

Here is another one — almost out of the flower.. and there are many such small fruits already setting..

These are PMLS black beauty ordered from Bio Carve seeds.. turned out to be good, their Purple long didn’t had good germination but the plant looks good, i just have one plant of that which is looking great at the moment, its already setting fruits. pics in next post..