The Great Big Tomato Experience

At the end of January I rooted 4 suckers off my famous winter tomato plant. Sometime later I bumped them up from the little pots to bigger pots that hold maybe 2 quarts of soil. They grew and grew.

Yesterday I bought the biggest bale of potting soil and He-Who-Mows dumped it off the back of the truck per my instructions, so nobody had to lift such a heavy thing. I put the tomato plants on my little green wagon and improvised a potting table right there.

They were getting near pot-bound. Circling roots were easily teased out.
These pots are 4 gallon, I think. The biggest I have, anyway. I clipped off lower leaves and planted plants deeper than they were growing before.
I can’t pass up a potential new plant — sucker — sucker for a sucker, 3 of them.
I’ll show you later how they are supported in┬áthe greenhouse. I think I can grow tomatoes indoors through the summer. Last year purple Alternanthera grew to the top of the walls, why not tomatoes? Alison did it.
I moved the single plant that produced all winter into the greenhouse in August, still about as hot as it gets here. I can shade these from the evening sun from the west if necessary.
The original single plant has green tomatoes still. We ate a ripe tomato┬álast Friday. Actually it isn’t an original plant. It was a sucker off one of last summer’s outdoor plants. Wonder how long I could keep clones of this tomato going?
The new plants are blooming and nighttime temperatures are just right for forming fruit. I can hardly wait.

 

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