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Smaller tomato plants in containers
Posted by: banana who ()
Date: August 21, 2013 10:01PM

I didn't do my community garden this year as in the past two years but I do have four tomato plants in containers. One is not huge but it is caged in a medium-sized container and has six tomatoes forming. I am not concerned about that one because we have weeks left of warm weather. The other ones are shorter and it's not sunny all day long so I am thinking that they will not get a chance to fruit. One has flowered even though it's so short. I don't know how tall a tomato plant has to be to fruit.

We had weird weather this year: lots of rain and then a very cool July (I think I wore a sweater or hoodie on the Fourth!) and it just hasn't been as warm as I know tomatoes thrive in.

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Re: Smaller tomato plants in containers
Posted by: Anonymous User ()
Date: August 22, 2013 05:50PM

If you at least get some green ones they can ripen up on a window sill. Might not be as tasty but still homegrown!

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Re: Smaller tomato plants in containers
Posted by: banana who ()
Date: August 23, 2013 05:37PM

coco Wrote:
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> If you at least get some green ones they can ripen
> up on a window sill. Might not be as tasty but
> still homegrown!


But do you think that stunted plants will actually fruit? I have two that are so short yet flowering. I have no idea about what it takes to produce tomatoes--if they have to be a certain height or not. I would think that as long as they are able to flower, then there is a chance they will bear fruit. smiling smiley But I know nothing of this whole thing.

I heard something very cool about green tomatoes. Supposedly it's an old trick. If it is getting near frost and you still have a bunch of tomatoes on the vine that have not ripened, you pick them green, wrap them in newspaper and stick them under your bed. And then at Christmas you have ripe tomatoes! LOL! smiling smiley

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Re: Smaller tomato plants in containers
Posted by: Anonymous User ()
Date: August 23, 2013 10:10PM

I think if they flower they could fruit, why not? You can ripen a few things by putting them into a paper bag or wrapping in newspaper. Tomatoes, bananas and apples emit ethylene gas as they ripen. Trapped inside a bag, the gas will accelerate the ripening process.

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Re: Smaller tomato plants in containers
Posted by: banana who ()
Date: August 29, 2013 09:25PM

I just can't imagine stunted plants producing fruit, even if they are flowering! But maybe it just affects yield.

It's funny because I am watching their progress and they seem to have taken off in the last few days. smiling smiley It's because it has been so hot and was so unseasonably cool earlier in August. These are supposed to be the dog days, after all...

Tomatoes love heat. And we got it like that at the moment.

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Re: Smaller tomato plants in containers
Posted by: Anonymous User ()
Date: August 30, 2013 12:44PM

Oh ya, it's hot and humid like crazy right here now too. Even when it's overcast it's incredibly warm. I am a sweaty frizzy haired mess.
Best of luck with the tomats, hopefully they'll produce something at least.

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Re: Smaller tomato plants in containers
Posted by: banana who ()
Date: August 30, 2013 07:39PM

I have a very small plant (less than six inches tall) and it flowered and I now see a wittle itsy bitsy tomato. LOL

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Re: Smaller tomato plants in containers
Posted by: banana who ()
Date: September 01, 2013 05:24PM

Today I was in a cafe in Chicago and it's a very urban gritty 'hood. In other words, not many green spaces at all. And they had a patio with raised beds of caged tomatoes and I thought to myself: yes, you can do this sort of thing even atop gravel and cement. smiling smiley

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