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by Deepanwita on May 05, 2006 05:33 PM
I did not notice earlier what tomato I bought, but one of my tomato plants seemed to be growing like crazy. It has almost reached 4.5' and is full with so many little tomatoes. I took out the name tags and I guess it is this "Sweet 100" variety, which I read can grow upto 4-6' hight. Has anyone done any "sweet 100"? How are they crop wise? Are they really nice and sweet?
I will post pictures as soon as I can.

Deepanwita

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by obywan59 on May 05, 2006 05:53 PM
I used to grow Sweet 100s. They are very good--the best I'd ever had at the time. I now grow Orange Sungold, though. I think they are the best ever.

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by weezie13 on May 06, 2006 12:37 AM
They are good.. and there's lot's...
I give my husband a salad every day of work *6* and he gets some type of cherry or grape tomato in it..

I love growing them, cause they are my garden snack when I am outside working..

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by Deepanwita on May 06, 2006 05:11 AM
My sweet 100 plant and the very first fruits [Smile]

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I was looking on the internet yesterday and saw some sweet 100's grow to abt 14-20'!!! What is the typical length of a container sweet100? I guess mine will touch the ceiling of the balcony if they keep growing in this rate [Smile]

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by weezie13 on May 06, 2006 06:07 AM
How many plants do you have in that bucket???
Just outta curiousity......

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You might want to try thi, it is just an experiment, if you'd like....

It looks like one is pretty tall,
and you might not want it to get much taller...

You could, take a section of it off the top,
*snip it off* and stick that in another pot/container of dirt/soil...
and you can then to/get two things done...

#1. By snipping the top, you are controling the height...
#2. You are also, getting that plant to say heyyyyyy,
I better get ripping my fruit...
and start to finish up it's product...
#3. And once you stick that snipped off top into some more dirt,
you'll get another plant..
*I would think your growing season would allow another plant sorta started
and still get fruits by fall time..*
**Heck I just planted my seeds,
so I know you'd have time for it to produce something..**

Plusssssss, the stems don't look too thick, and I think if you let it get any taller and then the fruit starts to develope, I think the combination would really put a strain on the stems and may snap the plant anyways, before it's done producing...

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by Deborah L. on May 06, 2006 10:34 AM
Deep, I love that tall tomato ! Wow ! I'm envious !

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by Deepanwita on May 07, 2006 04:01 AM
Hello everyone,
Thank you for your suggestions.
Weezie13, your question on how many are there - there are 2 plants in the window box, plus I added one more branch which had snapped off after the storm may be 3 weeks ago. You had suggested me to do so, and now voila, I have that snapped branch giving out new branches . Thanks to you. There is also one banana pepper plant in that window box (about 1' long and hardly visible).

Actually its my mistake, when I had initially planted the plants, I had no idea how big they grow, and I had put 4 tomatoes and 4 peppers in the same window box. But after that I transplanted 2 tomatoes and 3 peppers into separate containers, but this one pepper still remains in its original position.

Now I have one more dilemma facing me!!
The peppers have got affected by aphids. The aphids initially attacked one pepper plant in a separate container. I treated it (in fact I clean the leaves with soap every other day) and was limited to this one container. A week ago I saw aphids in the two other separate containers as well, and now I treat those as well. I was happy it did not attack the pepper plant along with the tomatoes in the window box. But unfortunately, today morning I found that this plant has aphids too. Now I'm a little intimidated because the aphids liketo spread to tomatoes too, and my sweet 100 plant is so nice I don't want it to be contaminated by aphids.

Now, what do I do? I cleaned the leaves with the soap, but going by the experience with other pepper plants, I know that I will have to do this every other day, otherwise it will keep coming back. This pepper plant is at a hard to reach place, due to the growing tomato plant, and is dificult as well as time consuming... I tried to transplant it but felt that the roots are too spread out and intertwined with the tomato roots, and if I try to transplant, it might damage the tomato plant as well.

What would be the best thing to do? How velnerable are the tomato plants to aphid attacks? Should I cut this pepper plant out to save the tomato? This pepper plant has not yet bourne any flowers.

Please help me take this moral decision. I surely don't want to kill this plant unnecessarily!!

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by weezie13 on May 07, 2006 05:06 AM
First, don't loose hope, all that you learn from this years' garden is, learning experience.. and you will be a better gardener, for learning things..over time...

And from my own experience with growing tomatoes,
I have never seen aphids' on them....
So, from what I know, your tomaotoes should be safe..
******If any other tomato growers know differently, please pipe in, honestly*****

Tomatoes usually get a white fly around them...

And second, the reason why aphids' show up is something is wrong with the plant and it's growing conditions, and it is stressed and sending off signals to bugs, that it's not "right".

Cut back on any nitrogen...

Check it's moisture,

Check to see if you can squeeze in some more dirt for maybe surpporting some more roots..
(It looks like you could fill that pot/container right up to the top, do I see room for more??
Semi~dark, but looks like it to me...)

And pepper plants have a HUGE root system believe it or not...
and really needs alot of room for it...

I am not the one to ask for moral decisions,
as I even let some weeds grow, which I know I shouldn't but just can't help myself, cause I love the flowers...

I would say i'ts your call...

I don't think I would say pull the pepper out, and try to regrow it elsewhere as I doubt seriously you could get the roots that have now undoubtable intertwined extensively with the tomatoes' roots...
***I just went back and re~read what you wrote,
if that pepper plant is that small, I would try to pull it out... it might not have that big of a root system yet..***

*Can you tell me how much sun that area is getting?*

To me, and what I've experienced growing tomatoes, your stems are too spindly, *My stems are as fat as my thumb when growing and the weight of the tomaotoes snap mine off, I can't imagine the weight of the tomatoes doing to yours..
*also, I would get some panty hose and tie up those plants, keep the pantyhose flat, *so it doesn't create one tiny point of holding it, does that make sense...the wider the surface area, the more support it can give..*

I would try at least one plant to snip the top off of... and that will let the tomato plant concentrate on ripening food for you...
let the others go...

Your call on the pepper plant...

*wooowwwwwwwwww, sorry for the book...*
Keep up the good work though and keep me posted..

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Don't forget to be kind to strangers. For some who have
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- Bible - Hebrews 13:2

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by Deepanwita on May 07, 2006 08:57 AM
Dear Weezie,
Thank you for all the advice. I have a silly question..How do I cut back on the nitrogen? I once in a while (may be every three weeks) feed the tomatoes with some Miracle grow all purpose plant food (15-30-15). I usually mix 1/2 tsp of that in 1qt of water and then put that in the plant. Should I reduce that? How often exactly should I water the pepper? I water them less frequently than the tomatoes. The tomatoes seems to suck up a lot of water and the soil looks very dry and I water them everyday. But for the peppers I water them alternate days.

When you say squeeze in more dirt, do you mean regular garden dirt? If so, I stay in an apartment and the only source of soil isa store bought package. Should I just add some more potting soil like the one I use (Expert Potting soil)?

I have supported the tomato plant with threads all around. Those are not properly visible in the picture. I have tied each branch with the balcony railing. Do you think thats not sufficient. I like your idea of pantyhose, maybe I will try that next time.

My balcony faces west, so it gets direct sunlight from 3-7pm. Sometimes the tomato plants really wilt during that time, but at night they again look normal. Do you think a west side balcony would be ok for these plants in summer (I'm in Houston)? If not , unfortunately I have no other choice [Frown]

I really appreciate all your help on this. I will let you know how the plants do.

Deepanwita

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by Deepanwita on May 10, 2006 06:58 AM
Anu suggestions anyone on how to detect the amount of nitrogen in the soil?

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by weezie13 on May 10, 2006 11:12 AM
Usually it's lush green, excessive growth, too fast of growth....
And slow on flowering and may be some bugs...*aphids*

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Don't forget to be kind to strangers. For some who have
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by weezie13 on May 10, 2006 11:14 AM
quote:
When you say squeeze in more dirt, do you mean regular garden dirt? If so, I stay in an apartment and the only source of soil isa store bought package. Should I just add some more potting soil like the one I use (Expert Potting soil)?

Yes, fill it up to almost the rim..
*not so it's falling out or when you water it drips/pours out over the sides...*
It should pack down some too...
That way the roots can grow on the stem up further and give the plant the ability to feed it's self more..

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Don't forget to be kind to strangers. For some who have
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by weezie13 on May 10, 2006 11:18 AM
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The tomatoes seems to suck up a lot of water and the soil looks very dry and I water them everyday.
Both plants have big roots, and when they are stuck in a small area of soil to grow, they do require more watering.. and with you living in a state that's really hot and dry.. it sucks it up even faster...
Sometimes they can even handle a second or even third watering depending on the circumstans...

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by weezie13 on May 10, 2006 11:28 AM
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My balcony faces west, so it gets direct sunlight from 3-7pm. Sometimes the tomato plants really wilt during that time, but at night they again look normal. Do you think a west side balcony would be ok for these plants in summer (I'm in Houston)? If not , unfortunately I have no other choice


Full sun is THE BEST, but if West is what you have, then that is the best, I'm sure it'll be fine...

*Sorry for the choppy answers, I'm making and eating dinner and off to Boyscouts...*

quote:
I really appreciate all your help on this. I will let you know how the plants do.

Always very glad to help...
And please keep us posted.. I really enjoy the updates.. [critic] [gabby] [thumb] [grin]

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Don't forget to be kind to strangers. For some who have
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by Deepanwita on May 15, 2006 05:08 AM
Thank you Weezie13 for all your tips. I will get some soil today and fill the window box.
Also I plucked my first batch of hot banana peppers today!! 5 of them [Smile] . Will post the pictures soon.

Don't know what I would have done without this forum [Smile]

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by weezie13 on May 15, 2006 05:50 AM
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Originally posted by Deepanwita:
Thank you Weezie13 for all your tips.
Also I plucked my first batch of hot banana peppers today!! 5 of them [Smile] . Will post the pictures soon.

Don't know what I would have done without this forum [Smile]

That is music to my hears....
Makes any time I spend here, so much sweeter
when someone gets good results and renewed enthusiasm for gardening...
and we all hope that you have continued sussess every year, with better results each time and in time when you feel comfortable enough with your
gardening that you can be here helping new gardeners too along their new journeys as well telling them your trials and errors!!!!
Which helps soooooooo greatly...
*because you remember what it's like to be a new gardener in need of an answer or two and wee~bit of help*
[Wink] [kissies] [flower]

And Thank~You so much for the update!!! [clappy]

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Weezie

Don't forget to be kind to strangers. For some who have
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- Bible - Hebrews 13:2

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by Deepanwita on May 15, 2006 10:32 AM
Here's the picture of my first batch of banana peppers [Smile] . They are so hot!!! Very nice..Oh, I'm soooooooo happy....

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by weezie13 on May 16, 2006 08:59 AM
Ohhhhhhh~la~la!!!
Those peppers look tastyyyyyyyyyy! [grin] [thumb]
*I love those in my homemade salsa*
*insert mouth watering gremalin here* [Wink]

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Weezie

Don't forget to be kind to strangers. For some who have
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- Bible - Hebrews 13:2

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by Deepanwita on May 27, 2006 01:29 PM
I plucked my first set of 10 wseet 100 tomatoes. Wow they are soooooooooooo nice and sweet [Smile] . My hubby took pictures of them too, will upload them soon.

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by weezie13 on May 27, 2006 02:35 PM
ohhhhhhh man, I just barely have plants that are
5" high....
Sighhhhhhhhhhhh!!!
I will enjoy seeing those pictures though..
Keep us posted...

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Weezie

Don't forget to be kind to strangers. For some who have
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by Deborah L. on May 27, 2006 04:26 PM
Wow, Deepwanita, wow ! Already???? You're doing stuff right, that's for sure !

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by weezie13 on May 27, 2006 04:31 PM
I bet she'd have time for a second crop even..
Mine are just starting...

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Don't forget to be kind to strangers. For some who have
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by Deborah L. on May 27, 2006 04:53 PM
I have green tomatoes, some are catfaced. Sigh...
The peas are small but forming nicely.

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by Deepanwita on May 30, 2006 05:14 AM
Here are the pics that my hubby took. Artistic, isn't it? [Smile] )

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I plucked around 20 tomatoes in 4 days. There are still so many on the 2 plants. But alas they get eaten so fast those tiny little ones [Frown] . My celebrety tomatoes are still green. Its been one month already!

Deepanwita

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by weezie13 on May 30, 2006 05:32 AM
Oh mannnnn those are adorable...
He does have a good camera eye!!! [thumb] [Cool] [thumb]

I have a bunch of the cherry tomatoes..
My husband takes a salad to work, EVERY DAY,
6 days a week, and gets cherry tomatoes...
When I grow those, what ripens that day, gets in his salad, I eat as a snack and it's just enough...
But then when they all start ripening, neighbors start receiving presents on their doorsteps...

I love thinking' to myself, I saved $2.99 today, pickin' this many tomatoes...
Bestest feelin'!!!

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by Deborah L. on May 30, 2006 07:03 AM
Gorgeous pictures-I like the contemporary look.
Guess what-yesterday I had no choice but to destroy my tomato plant. Full of wormholes. And all the tomatoes catfaced and full of holes. The peas were raggy and not bearing.
I tore out all of my container crops.
No crops for me this year, unless I want to buy plants and try again.
Mostly the squirrels get so much, and I've been tired and neglected the tomatoes and peas.

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by weezie13 on May 30, 2006 07:16 AM
Deborah,
I am so sorry to hear about that...
Can you try again?
I bet you have time for another crop..
Heck some of mine are not even in yet..

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by Deborah L. on May 30, 2006 08:00 AM
Thanks, Weez, I was thinking about one of those planter boxes, a rectangular shape so that it would look like a real garden, with rows.
The idea makes me feel happy just imagining it.
How deep would a redwood box need to be for tomatoes, peppers, and maybe a dwarf cucumber?
I could have one made about 5 feet long, on wheels, but not sure about depth.

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by weezie13 on May 30, 2006 08:46 AM
How about something like this??
3 compartment tomato planter on wheels

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by Deborah L. on May 30, 2006 08:58 AM
Yes ! Like that ! Thanks !
It looks about 2 feet deep. Good depth.
I'm thinking of having the complex handyman build me one.

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by weezie13 on May 30, 2006 03:32 PM
Oh goooooodie, if you get something made like that
you better be postin' a picture of that so I can see it..
Would love one for my mom,
but hubby's "Do~List" is longer than both arms...

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Don't forget to be kind to strangers. For some who have
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- Bible - Hebrews 13:2

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by Deepanwita on June 01, 2006 02:48 PM
Deborah, so sorry to hear about your plants [Frown] . Don't give up n keep planting.

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by Deborah L. on June 03, 2006 09:47 AM
Thanks, all. I can't resist, and can't do a summer without some kind of veggies growing, so tomorrow I'm getting tomato plants, the bigger the better, a pepper, an eggplant and some sunflowers.
I have a big 24" inch pot just sitting, full of good soil too, and so I'm going to get a GOOD container garden this time !
I may tuck in a few more radish seeds, and some small lettuces around the edges as a border.
Looking foward to my day off tomorrow, that's for sure ! [grin]

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by ksgardnr on June 19, 2006 07:47 AM
hi :wavey:Enjoyed reading all the tips here. This is my first time growing sweet 100's and the little tomatoes are so cute, & can't wait to pop one in my mouth! All my veges are in pots & buckets. I have also entered them into our county fair along with my Big Boy tomatoes, and other veges. Good luck with your sweet 100's Deepanwita & all

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