can tomatoes do too well

Discussion in 'Gardening & Plant Propagation' started by steff bugielski, Aug 7, 2005.

  1. steff bugielski

    steff bugielski Well-Known Member

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    My tomato plants are out of control. They are huge and full of fruit. So much that the vines are starting to break. The variety is Celebrity. I have tied them to the fence with twine over and over again. The plants are about 5' tall with stems the diameter of a half dollar. I have had to cut off lots of foliage just to find the tomatoes. I wish I was more talented with the computer I would put up a picture. This is one variety to keep in mind for zone 4/5. I have not gotten any ripe ones yet, but that is normal for here. They ripen around the middle of August. now if I only had some peppers to go with them.
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  2. gardentalk

    gardentalk Well-Known Member

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    What are you feeding your tomato plants? D.E.? Miracle Grow? Ammonium Nitrate? :p
     

  3. MsPacMan

    MsPacMan Well-Known Member

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    My celebrities have gotten over six feet tall, and have produced huge volumes of tomatoes. I'm in zone 7. Celebrity is a good variety to grow, only problem with it is that it is a determinant tomato. (Well, maybe in your neck of the woods that isn't a problem, but in zone 7, I can grow tomatoes from late June through November with a good, strong indeterminant variety.)


    My plants grow in a rich black soil, full of organic material, composted horse manure, etc.
     
  4. nehimama

    nehimama An Ozark Engineer Supporter

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    My Arkansas Travelers and Brandywines are six feet tall or better. I've tied them up over & over again, too! They got mulch, rabbit manure, and manure tea. I've never had tomatoes grow like this - strong vines, lots of fruit, and no blossom end rot. I'm in Zone 5. Have already made three batches of tomato juice, put a bunch of tomatoes in the freezer, dehydrated some, and am making salsa tonight. Of course, I've had many many tomato sandwiches, too! Yummmmm!

    NeHi Mama
     
  5. MelissaW

    MelissaW Well-Known Member

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    We're also having a record year here in zone 5! I'm telling you, they look like something you should go at with a machete to hack down! I have celebrities, big boys, bush tomatoes, and several cherry tomato plants that came up volunteer from last years fallen fruit. I tried something new just for fun this year. I planted one against the woven wire fence, and espaliered it just like a fruit tree. It worked great! The vine is flat against the fence and fans out about 4 feet in each direction. The fruits are huge and unobstructed. I'm definately going to do a few more like that next year!
     
  6. Marcia in MT

    Marcia in MT Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Depending on when your first frost date is (ours is 9/15), you can go through the plants and pinch all the growing tips off. I do this about now, since the plants haven't a hope of ripening any fruit they set after the middle of August; it makes them put their energy into ripening what they already have instead of trying -- uselessly -- to make more. This works especially well with indeterminate varieties.
     
  7. woodspirit

    woodspirit Well-Known Member

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    this is the first year in 15 that I'm getting a decent crop and It is mind blowing this year in zone 5 upstate ny. Tomatoes are so big and bushy that I have triple stked and caged them. tomatoes so big we are picking them green to ripen indoors. In years past I have put 5 bales of peat moss in, raised the beds, installed drip irrigation, added gypsum cause of terrible clay soil, used commercial fertilizers, all the leaves I could find, planted cover crops, and compost......nothin. This year I bought five chickens so I added chicken manure to a five foot wide stretch and I can't harvest fast enough.The extra carbon dioxide in the atmosphere helps some too Possibly.