Tomatoville® Gardening Forums


Notices

General discussion regarding the techniques and methods used to successfully grow tomato plants in containers.

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old September 9, 2018   #286
imp
Tomatovillian™
 
imp's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Wichita Falls, Texas
Posts: 4,832
Default

Thanks, guess some coffee and some reading is in store for me, LOL!! I'll be using containers this next year for the first time and trying to get some decent yields to can up and share.
__________________
I'm not a complete idiot, some parts are missing.
imp is offline   Reply With Quote
Old September 9, 2018   #287
AKmark
Tomatovillian™
 
Join Date: Jun 2013
Location: Wasilla Alaska
Posts: 2,004
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by imp View Post
Thanks, guess some coffee and some reading is in store for me, LOL!! I'll be using containers this next year for the first time and trying to get some decent yields to can up and share.
I would look up Haifa's tomato guide. You should also consider Hydrogardens tomato growers manual. It is 10 dollars I think and is excellent. If you follow the directions you should be alright. However, it is really nice to own a PPM meter and a pH pen to make sure you are on track. Observation combined with knowledge of deficiency signs is very helpful too. You should polish up on that, and maybe element antagonism.

There is a learning curve, but it is not so bad. Put in a bit of effort to learn this and you will be canning tomatoes, and giving them to the neighbors too.

We have all winter to figure things out, I have a bunch of new stuff I am working on too.

Good luck

Last edited by AKmark; September 9, 2018 at 03:01 PM.
AKmark is offline   Reply With Quote
Old September 9, 2018   #288
imp
Tomatovillian™
 
imp's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Wichita Falls, Texas
Posts: 4,832
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by AKmark View Post
I would look up Haifa's tomato guide. You should also consider Hydrogardens tomato growers manual. It is 10 dollars I think and is excellent. If you follow the directions you should be alright. However, it is really nice to own a PPM meter and a pH pen to make sure you are on track. Observation combined with knowledge of deficiency signs is very helpful too. You should polish up on that, and maybe element antagonism.

There is a learning curve, but it is not so bad. Put in a bit of effort to learn this and you will be canning tomatoes, and giving them to the neighbors too.

We have all winter to figure things out, I have a bunch of new stuff I am working on too.

Good luck

Thanks, Mark, will spend some time looking stuff up and working it.
__________________
I'm not a complete idiot, some parts are missing.
imp is offline   Reply With Quote
Old September 15, 2018   #289
AKmark
Tomatovillian™
 
Join Date: Jun 2013
Location: Wasilla Alaska
Posts: 2,004
Default Tomatoes

Another batch of nice heirlooms heading to town. The YBW's almost glow.
Attached Images
File Type: jpg SANY2104.jpg (325.1 KB, 305 views)
File Type: jpg SANY2105.jpg (266.0 KB, 305 views)
File Type: jpg SANY2107.jpg (269.1 KB, 304 views)
AKmark is offline   Reply With Quote
Old September 15, 2018   #290
Tomzhawaii
Tomatovillian™
 
Tomzhawaii's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2017
Location: Honolulu ,Hawaii
Posts: 262
Default

Mark,
I am very interested in the YBW. The Brandywine pink did well for me here. Now my cherokee purple are starting to pick up some steam.Hurricane surviviors times two.
Aloha,
Tom
Tomzhawaii is offline   Reply With Quote
Old September 22, 2018   #291
AKmark
Tomatovillian™
 
Join Date: Jun 2013
Location: Wasilla Alaska
Posts: 2,004
Default Tomatoes

They just keep looking better as the season progresses. I sent quite a few of these to the market in the last 6 weeks or so.

I have to say that YBW is the best marketable yellowish- orange tomato I have found. The taste is exceptional, and they have real appeal when you look at them. Again, after growing them for 7 years, I have not found a more perfect selection for a yellow. They yield a lot, they withstand growing issues very well, and they throw some very large tomatoes.

I always hate them in Spring, they catface, and are irregular, but I love them by mid summer. LOL

KBX is good, Amana Orange is good, it goes downhill from there.
Attached Images
File Type: jpg SANY2108.jpg (227.3 KB, 277 views)
File Type: jpg SANY2109.jpg (183.8 KB, 279 views)
AKmark is offline   Reply With Quote
Old October 11, 2018   #292
AKmark
Tomatovillian™
 
Join Date: Jun 2013
Location: Wasilla Alaska
Posts: 2,004
Default One more

The last new taste of the season.

I did Rebel Yell x Mat-Su Express F7.

Not quite as early as I expected, about 110 days from seed.

The flavor is exceptional.
Attached Images
File Type: jpg SANY2110.jpg (263.4 KB, 233 views)
File Type: jpg SANY2111.jpg (264.0 KB, 232 views)
AKmark is offline   Reply With Quote
Old October 11, 2018   #293
ginger2778
Tomatovillian™
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Plantation, Florida zone 10
Posts: 9,283
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by AKmark View Post
The last new taste of the season.

I did Rebel Yell x Mat-Su Express F7.

Not quite as early as I expected, about 110 days from seed.

The flavor is exceptional.
Mark, if you get this to F6 with that same beautiful meatiness, and the exceptional flavor, I would like to be first in line for seeds. Hopefully its production is like MSE, rather than RY. I am growing MSE again this season, it made the cut!
ginger2778 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old October 11, 2018   #294
ddsack
Tomatovillian™
 
ddsack's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Northern Minnesota - zone 3
Posts: 3,125
Default

Good cross, Mark! I am salivating thinking about this one! Hope you can stabilize it successfully.
__________________
Dee

**************
ddsack is offline   Reply With Quote
Old April 15, 2021   #295
swordy
Tomatovillian™
 
Join Date: Mar 2015
Location: Rhodes island Greece
Posts: 64
Default

Wow that is indeed a nice thread. So beautiful healthy plants and a big crop! Very informative in a greenhouse conditions and possible problems one could meet. Well done!
swordy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old April 16, 2021   #296
dshreter
Tomatovillian™
 
Join Date: May 2019
Location: Seattle
Posts: 52
Default

Mark, I’m not sure if you’re still tracking this thread. I’m trying to emulate some of your approach with 4-18-38 in grow bags with ProMix. One key difference is I have 10 gallon grow bags.

My concern is on fertilizer concentration build up since it would take an abundance of water to get it to waste out the bottom each time. The ProMix can absorb a ton before it is draining through.

Do you have any experience working with bigger containers? And how did you manage it?
dshreter is offline   Reply With Quote
Old April 16, 2021   #297
AKmark
Tomatovillian™
 
Join Date: Jun 2013
Location: Wasilla Alaska
Posts: 2,004
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by swordy View Post
Wow that is indeed a nice thread. So beautiful healthy plants and a big crop! Very informative in a greenhouse conditions and possible problems one could meet. Well done!
We pass information. I am in a good network from Guatemala to Alaska. We do a lot of traveling to expand our business as well as knowledge. Piece of cake.
AKmark is offline   Reply With Quote
Old April 16, 2021   #298
AKmark
Tomatovillian™
 
Join Date: Jun 2013
Location: Wasilla Alaska
Posts: 2,004
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by dshreter View Post
Mark, I’m not sure if you’re still tracking this thread. I’m trying to emulate some of your approach with 4-18-38 in grow bags with ProMix. One key difference is I have 10 gallon grow bags.

My concern is on fertilizer concentration build up since it would take an abundance of water to get it to waste out the bottom each time. The ProMix can absorb a ton before it is draining through.

Do you have any experience working with bigger containers? And how did you manage it?
Those fertilizers are really clean per say, we let just a bit drain out. What some may not know is we grow for 8 months. These fertilizers are developed by leaf samples, we double check their work with our own leaf samples.

I have grown ripe tomatoes in everything from a 4" container to a 20 gallon container, we have used many methods, fertilizers, programs, etc, over the course of 30 years. What we found is we can produce very well in four gallon, awesome in 5-6 gallon, under four gallon for me yield starts getting affected, taste remained great.

In large containers we enjoyed growing large plants with 3-4 vines. We got 50lbs from German Queen and over that from Delicious in 7-10 gallon containers.

I grow to get maximum yield from a square foot of space, so we are strict with pruning, gh layout, everything has to be well thought out.

It really is super simple and easy, but like anything, the more you do it the better you will get.
AKmark is offline   Reply With Quote
Old April 16, 2021   #299
dshreter
Tomatovillian™
 
Join Date: May 2019
Location: Seattle
Posts: 52
Default

Thanks Mark! I appreciate the reassurance
dshreter is offline   Reply With Quote
Old April 16, 2021   #300
zipcode
Tomatovillian™
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Romania/Germany , z 4-6
Posts: 1,581
Default

Do overwatering not at every watering then, and dose the fertilizer according with the runoff EC when you do overwater. It's really the root zone EC that matters mostly, and runoff EC will be a good aproximation. More frequent flushing will give a more stable nutrient solution (especially in terms of nutrient balance), there's a reason they grow in rockwool in top greenhouses. Also, as long as aeration is high (coarse peat is especially important, not sure what promix has), you can have high water retention, the roots don't rot from water but from lack of oxygen.
zipcode is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 07:11 AM.


★ Tomatoville® is a registered trademark of Commerce Holdings, LLC ★ All Content ©2022 Commerce Holdings, LLC ★