the last two years I have been growing tomatoes but have run into
a problem both years. Last year's crop was Potentate, situated outdoors,
and this year's is Hearty Red in the tunnel house. The problem is
that the fruit seem to be forming into segments, like an orange,
and not filling out to be the full round fruit as pictured in their
respective advertising. What an I doing wrong?
fruit not riping evenly could be caused by a number of things. Poor
pollination caused by cold weather or very high temperatures. Too
much heat provide ventilation by lifting the sides of the
tunnel house during the day. Too little potash once fruit
appear, feed plants at fortnightly intervals with a specially blended
tomato food. Do not exceed the recommended rate stated on the pack.
As tomatoes grow rapidly, they have a high fertiliser requirement.
Over-watering water moderately and adjust according to the
weather. In summer, daily watering can be required.
by Dr Dan Blanchon from Unitec's Diploma in Sustainable Horticulture and Bachelor
of Resource Management.
with permission from NZOOM Home and Garden content,
from the previous
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