Re: [tomato] hmmmmm

ChuckWyatt/Md/Z7 (
Fri, 23 Jul 1999 18:42:46 -0400

Hi Joy,

I would take off the flowers too.  At this stage the forming roots are not
able to support more than minimal foliage. Anything that is out in the air
will just act like a wick and dry out the plant.

>>I'll remove the bottom leaves on the vine.  It's about 14" long.<<  Why
don't you cut off all but the top 6" or so and stick 3" of that into the
ground?  On second thought, since you have already had it soaking for some
time it might be better to leave well enough alone. New roots may have
already started. Often, greenhouse operators cut off 6" shoots and root
them for the next crop.  You get an exact clone that way.

Our Summer has been insufferably hot and dry with a welcome break three
days ago.  The first significant rain since April dropped 4" onto us in one
night.  My truck windows were open and I got a wet but!  Now the
germinating weeds are unbelievable and it's too wet to get into the field. 
I have all sorts of 'maters coming ripe at once, making it tough to process
seed as I should.  It's back in the high nineties and feels like a sauna
outside. The cat doesn't even want out!