Thursday, August 4, 2011

Today's Tidbit - Toppled Tomato Vines

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Unfortunately this is the present state of my cherry tomatoes. The horizontal wire trellis they are growing on is 5 ft tall, which means that the vines are approaching 10 feet long. This is just ridiculous. Next year, all of my tomatoes will be grown on vertical 8 ft wooden trellises. I'll have to rig something to keep the pests away from these vines.

14 comments:

  1. I wish my tomatoes were that tall. But no such luck. The cherry tomatoes are struggling this year. Not quite sure why. But with 21 tomato plants I have plenty of tomatoes even if not enough cherries.

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  2. Wow I thought my cherry tomatoes were huge this year....yours are MONSTERS!!

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  3. My Cherries all bit the dust back in the long cold wet spring we had....now the remaining full size tomatoes are struggling with the intense heat and low rainfall. Just not a good garden year here at all :(

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  4. My Matt's Wild Cherry looks the same way! I planted it in the one cold frame bed and couldn't support it correctly. It's just taking over the world!

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  5. Trees formed fruit not long after purchase, but that can depend on a lot of things, so you may not be doing anything wrong there. Your trees do look healthy and leaf size can also vary -- so again, there may be no problem.

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  6. Ugh we need to do the same thing next year (the 8ft. wooden trellises that is!). We have a habit of putting a tiny stake in the ground, tying the tomato to it once in the spring when there is nothing else to do, then completely forgetting about it the rest of the year. Right now I step on more tomatoes then I pick in our tomato jungle.

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  7. I wish our tomato plants looked as good as yours! We don't grow cherry tomatoes but we've topped the plants before that have become unwieldy.
    Our squash plant has extended abother 5' or so. I can't take it.

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  8. They may be unruly, but how nice to have such lush looking plants!

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  9. Our tomatoes are out of control this year, too! We definitely need to come up with a better plan for next year!!!

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  10. Wow, my Cherry is 8 foot and I thought it was a monster. Mine is small in comparison, lol. Keep us posted on how you keep the pests away from it.

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  11. Wow, they look so healthy! Very nice... I think mine are coming out soon, the blight is just horrible out there - there's always next year :(

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  12. Wow, I used to think that cherry tomatoes were really just small plants that produced quickly. This definitely, definitely destroys any of that notion I had. Jeez!

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