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AKmark March 31, 2018 07:40 PM

Mark's 2018 crop
 
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Things are going well this year, we have some fruit setting already, and everything is healthy.

The media is Pro Mix HP.

We have 5 rows of plants, 2 plants per 5 gallon container, each plant is single stem, and is strung up with roller spools.

We are at our 3rd truss of flowers, and are running 1350 ppm, at a 6.3 pH.

About half of the 250 plants are Mat-Su Express, there are several other of our stable and unstable crosses in there too, and 5-6 varieties of heirlooms.

I plan on crossing MSE to Rebel Yell, and want to make an Elgin Pink cross too, maybe a couple of others. I will have more to report on soon.

Have a great season,
Mark

lexxluthor March 31, 2018 08:07 PM

Very nice setup,

KarenO March 31, 2018 09:37 PM

My goodness...
As always your plants look wonderfully vigorous and healthy Mark.
Any KARMAs or Zena's Gift in the crowd?
KarenO

nancyruhl March 31, 2018 09:38 PM

Wow. I was just thinking today about how we needed some updates from you this year. That is the most amazingly neat greenhouse I have ever seen. Glad your season is off to a great start.

Cole_Robbie March 31, 2018 09:47 PM

Mark, you always manage to be farther north than almost all of us, and still farther ahead at the same time. Well done, as usual.

MissS March 31, 2018 10:25 PM

Off to another great season. Everything looks perfect.

My hat's off to you sir!

Barb_FL March 31, 2018 10:44 PM

A thing of beauty and neatness. You are inspirational.

I would love to see pictures of the 2 plants per 5 gallon container when they get big.

AKmark March 31, 2018 11:27 PM

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Originally Posted by KarenO (Post 692662)
My goodness...
As always your plants look wonderfully vigorous and healthy Mark.
Any KARMAs or Zena's Gift in the crowd?
KarenO

Thanks for the compliments, we do put a lot into this.

Karen, I do have Karma Pink going, have not started Zena's Gift yet.

AlittleSalt March 31, 2018 11:39 PM

Mark, it all looks wonderful.

I also wanted to grow Zena's Gift this time, but being my first attempt to grow in Pro Mix and use the method you pointed out to me - I stuck with some I've grown in ground before.

Andrey_BY April 1, 2018 03:51 AM

What a great subtropical oasis in the North!
Looking very healthy and organized!
I'm feeling jelous that we have sold Alaska so cheap with so comfortable climate for tomatoes :)

imp April 1, 2018 07:26 AM

Really lovely, Mark, and so tidy!

Salsacharley April 1, 2018 09:13 AM

Marvelous! How many people does it take to keep your operation running so well?

ddsack April 1, 2018 11:00 AM

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Originally Posted by Cole_Robbie (Post 692665)
Mark, you always manage to be farther north than almost all of us, and still farther ahead at the same time. Well done, as usual.


That says it for me as well! You've built a well managed smoothly functioning operation in a difficult climate along with creating your own delicious tomatoes to fit your needs. Not to mention generously sharing your advice and seeds with the rest of us. :yes:

Ricky Shaw April 1, 2018 12:47 PM

My favorite grow thread every year. Stole nearly everything I know about container tomatoes from them. Thank you and hoping you have your best season yet.

Koala Doug April 1, 2018 01:48 PM

Wonderful photos! I can't wait to see what that greenhouse looks like in a couple of weeks. :)


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