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AKmark April 10, 2018 11:36 PM

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If you want to move your plants, lower and lean, plant two per container, and have two supports overhead about two feet apart. I use airplane cable and roller hooks. This is how we move them. I used to coil mine, but that takes too long, this is the best method I have found for managing tall plants. You will also keep your production up for a long season.
Plants should also be pruned for heavy production, and only need 13-15 sets of leaves to keep producing good quality fruit. I suggest trimming off the leaves around ripening trusses, and continue that up the plant as trusses mature. Some refuse to do so, and that's okay, its their garden.

AKmark April 25, 2018 12:24 AM

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The plants are looking good, nutrients are moving well now that the root zone temps have improved. We have a lot of fruit set happening, several of our crosses are loading up, and some heirlooms are starting to set fruit.

The plants are all caught up on pruning, and are strapped up for now. You can seee the massive amount of flowers that are set, if they all turn into tomatoes I will be pruning many off.

I am now running 1700ppm, and the pH is 6.2. I have also had to spot water a few twice a day.

KarenO April 25, 2018 01:04 AM

Amazing.
Wondering, do you prune your outdoor tomatoes the same ?
Do you grow indeterminate plants outside also?
Everything looks just beautiful Mark.
KarenO

AKmark April 25, 2018 01:52 AM

[QUOTE=KarenO;697026]Amazing.
Wondering, do you prune your outdoor tomatoes the same ?
Do you grow indeterminate plants outside also?
Everything looks just beautiful Mark.
KarenO[/QUOTE]
Hi Karen. Being so far north I tend to grow more very reliable determinates outdoors, but have grown several indeterminates too, like Early Girl, Fourth of July, Mat-Su, etc. I tried several of the Saraev varieties and they did great, and they are determinates, so I mostly grow them outside. The indeterminates I do grow are pruned the same, and I always get fruit, some yield pretty good too.

MissS April 25, 2018 02:13 AM

Holy Toledo Macaroni! Look what has happened in two weeks time. Seeing how you manage to get such great growth and have a long season, I bet that you could get two sowings per year on your experimental tomatoes which would allow you to stabilize them quite rapidly. Is that what you are doing with yours and Sherry's crosses?

AKmark April 25, 2018 02:26 AM

[QUOTE=MissS;697034]Holy Toledo Macaroni! Look what has happened in two weeks time. Seeing how you manage to get such great growth and have a long season, I bet that you could get two sowings per year on your experimental tomatoes which would allow you to stabilize them quite rapidly. Is that what you are doing with yours and Sherry's crosses?[/QUOTE]
Yes, I can easily grow two generations per year. I will be harvesting some seed in a few weeks, will sow them ASAP for a nice summer run.
We will see how things go, I do have a great line up this year. I did a good cross the other day, Rebel Yell x Mat-Su Express. Those should be good a little bit earlier than RY.

AlittleSalt April 25, 2018 02:33 AM

Mark, you are kicking some arse. You set the bar for growing how you do in your growing situation. Congrats, I hope you profit, but more so, I hope you enjoy it all.

Gerardo April 25, 2018 01:17 PM

Beautiful as always. I dig the diagram.

Barb_FL April 25, 2018 03:14 PM

As always, love your photos. I hope you get updating them up though out the season; I would love to see how it looks when they are lowered.

MissS April 25, 2018 03:46 PM

Rebel Yell x Mat-Su Express, Oooooooooo that should be very good. yum

BigVanVader April 25, 2018 04:51 PM

Best tomato porn on the internet. Teach me Obi-Wan.

newgardener_tx April 25, 2018 05:45 PM

I always start from post #1 of this thread. It is just that enjoyable.

agee12 April 29, 2018 09:33 AM

Hi Mark,
Impressive! Can you post a close up of an individual container where we can see the two plants in the container at the soil level. Thanks.

AKmark April 29, 2018 08:33 PM

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[QUOTE=agee12;697547]Hi Mark,
Impressive! Can you post a close up of an individual container where we can see the two plants in the container at the soil level. Thanks.[/QUOTE]

Here is the shot you asked for, then a head level, and then some pics of what we are after, fruit production.

Spartanburg123 April 29, 2018 10:42 PM

Wow, absolutely gorgeous setup!! How do you keep the pollen falling, do you have fans, bees, or a giant electric toothbrush? Best of luck Mark!!


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