Re: [tomato] Tomato watering - PH - plant food

lcc (
Mon, 23 Nov 1998 23:30:51 +0800

I am also a new tomato grower, 3 months so far.

My tomatoes are not doing quite well, most will split when it starts to ripe,
others will have little black spots.

I am getting fed up with all those suckers. If I don't look out for them for a
week, they grow bloody big.

ChuckWyatt/Md/Z7 wrote:
> G'day Jude,
> You have different conditions in Australia than we do herein the U.S. but
> the principles are the same.  Constant water but not sogginess are what is
> wanted.  Watering deeply twice a week should do well for you.  Avoid
> wetting the foliage as this invites diseases.
> If you are growing U.S. varieties you will probably be disappointed for a
> couple of seasons due to your higher Ultra Violet level.  Steve Parton of
> Melbourne finds a two year acclimatization period is usually needed.
> You should definitely increase your PH with lime. New Gippsland Seeds, P.O.
> Box 1 (Queens Road) SYLVAN VICTORIA 3795 should be able to help you with
> specifics
> I find a 5-10-5 fertilizer used SPARINGLY gives good results.  Avoid too
> much Nitrogen and go with the high phosphorous to increase bloom, hence
> fruit.
> Good gardening,
> Chuck Wyatt.