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PostSubject: Re: Update On Scotia Tomato Seedlings   Sat Jun 06, 2009 11:40 am

Here are my little fellas...



One is quite strong; I have been pinching lower leaves and building up soil around it. The others are quite immature. Seven so far have germinated.
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PostSubject: Re: Update On Scotia Tomato Seedlings   Sat Jun 06, 2009 12:31 pm

Humm very small if the seeds were plants only 8 days after I planted mine surely they should be at least 20 cms tall by now.. My pots were put on the back decking table of a night where its warmer are yours undercover in the night.
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PostSubject: Re: Update On Scotia Tomato Seedlings   Sat Jun 06, 2009 2:18 pm

No Mary-Anne, no such luxury here. They are unfortunately on their own during the week. That is why I thought I might make up a frame or something and cover with glass.
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PostSubject: Re: Update On Scotia Tomato Seedlings   Sat Jun 06, 2009 3:42 pm

The shed, the garage, the laundry Question
I dont like glass I have seen too many people get upset because things have got burnt
Oh I did not realise it could get so hot they say ...

*They are unfortunately on their own during the week.* You wrote.
That could be enough to cook them if we had a few warms day in a row in the Winter..
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PostSubject: Re: Update On Scotia Tomato Seedlings   Sat Jun 06, 2009 3:44 pm

I agree - that has been the reason for my hesitation so far.
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PostSubject: New Winter Overcoat   Thu Jun 11, 2009 10:46 am

The Tomatoes are lovely and warm and sheltered from this cold wind today.
And any Frosts that we may get next month..



I lifted the material up so the back ones will get the sun too.



Just got to remember to put it down late in the Afternoon.. whistle
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PostSubject: Re: Update On Scotia Tomato Seedlings   Thu Jun 11, 2009 11:16 am

Looks a nice warm spot in the sun... I wouldn't mind joining them lol!
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PostSubject: Re: Update On Scotia Tomato Seedlings   Thu Jun 11, 2009 1:15 pm

Don't blame you Gail... It's that kind of day.. Sad
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PostSubject: Its First Flowers..   Fri Jun 19, 2009 12:15 pm

Been so busy lately I forgot to take pics of the Scotia's Flowers they have been blooming all week.



Even the plant right at the back which does not get as much sun has buds on it.



They are all quite happy there under the covering.



They have grown a lot also they are now around 50 cms tall..



Time to think about planting a few more seeds so we never run out of tomatoes.. banana banana
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PostSubject: Re: Update On Scotia Tomato Seedlings   Fri Jun 19, 2009 12:19 pm

Doing well thumbs-up

The tommies I have growing aren't fruiting much but getting the odd one ripening. I'm trying to get some more seeds going now. They are in a warm spot, hopefully warm enough as it is a few degrees cooler here at nights. Once they are up they seem to do ok though.
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PostSubject: Re: Update On Scotia Tomato Seedlings   Fri Jun 19, 2009 12:37 pm

Thanks Gail.. Yes I am really happy with them I wish all our tomatoes grew like these ones.

We are still getting the odd tomato from those Beef Steak ones I planted first and the newer BS ones have not even got flowers on them yet, even though those bought seedlings were planted months ago its very strange.

But then those Beef Steak ones are not under cover of a night either.. Sad
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PostSubject: Re: Update On Scotia Tomato Seedlings   Fri Jun 19, 2009 4:33 pm

MA I feel close to your tomatoes under the cocers, I;ve watched them grow from tiny little
seedlings to floweriong mature bushes. They look so healthy.
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PostSubject: Re: Update On Scotia Tomato Seedlings   Fri Jun 19, 2009 7:17 pm

They are very healthy Gwen, I grew them from seeds that Tessa posted to me, I planted the seeds on the 10th of April. Not even 2½ months old yet and already in flower it surprised me as we have had some very cold nights and a few cold days as well gasp

I put that cover down around 3pm so there is still a little bit of heat underneath it for the cold nights.. This afternoon Tony cut off the leaves/stems that were touching the ground so they are not so bushy anymore, but that means more flowers later..

Would you believe I have not watered them for five weeks I put the shredded Acalypha prunings around them a week after the big rain and the soil is still wet.. Having said that I think I will start watering them once a week while the nights are so cool banana banana
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PostSubject: Re: Update On Scotia Tomato Seedlings   Fri Jun 19, 2009 9:23 pm

they're looking great, mary-anne!
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don't forget...they are *canadian*...
so not fussed by the cold!
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PostSubject: Re: Update On Scotia Tomato Seedlings   Fri Jun 19, 2009 10:51 pm

Thanks Tessa.. thumbs-up I will remember that Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Update On Scotia Tomato Seedlings   Sat Jun 20, 2009 9:02 pm

They are looking very happy and healthy MA. I hope they repay all the TLC you are giving them - they look as though they will.
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PostSubject: Re: Update On Scotia Tomato Seedlings   Sat Jun 20, 2009 9:24 pm

I hope so too Val.. Thanks so much..
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PostSubject: Re: Update On Scotia Tomato Seedlings   Sat Jun 27, 2009 3:54 am

I will check mine in daylight today Mary-Anne but I think I shall be trying more seeds...mine are just tiny...like the length of a match still.
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PostSubject: Re: Update On Scotia Tomato Seedlings   Sat Jun 27, 2009 8:04 am

The branches on them seem to lean towards and on the ground so Tony has been taking them off and the rain this week has made more grow so they are off too now they are not a tall plant and there is not much green on them at all now, well the front ones anyway..

I sure hope yours are alright Daniel..
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PostSubject: Re: Update On Scotia Tomato Seedlings   Wed Jul 22, 2009 2:48 pm

have they set fruit, mary-anne?
i'm just putting my seeds together to toss into the greenhouse and neglect for the next month while i'll be away overseas.
you might remember i did this last year too...and that set me up with a great summer crop of 'survivers only'.

i'm just revisiting this thread to see if i should pop some scotias into the greenhouse. i think i will. i forgot how lovely those tomatoes were until i read my own taste report on them on another site.

last year...i got my first ripe tomatoes in november.
this year...a whole 'nother story.
picked my first kimberley yesterday...along with three sweetbites.
it's going to be a good season!



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PostSubject: Re: Update On Scotia Tomato Seedlings   Wed Jul 22, 2009 2:57 pm

Yes they have Tessa I will put the pics on after dinner I have been going too for weeks hammer

Not bad we will be eating them in four months from planting, I also planted the next lot on the 16th only 6 days ago, no sign of them ones germinating yet.. prayer

They look great .. Well done..
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PostSubject: Re: Update On Scotia Tomato Seedlings   Wed Jul 22, 2009 6:35 pm

mary-anne...i've found a product that may help you a lot with your fruit fly problem. i'm definitely going to try it myself this summer. it's made by the ECO company...and is biological warfare. it has a pheromone attractant that attracts the actual female. she will eat the bait and once she does, she will become infected with spinosad. this will make her feel full and she will eventually die of starvation. look for it at bunnings. it's in the kill and grow section and is in a small, bright orange container.
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PostSubject: Re: Update On Scotia Tomato Seedlings   Wed Jul 22, 2009 7:32 pm

Thanks for that Tessa I have written it all down and put it in my purse, so if I am out I will always have it with me I will check it out next time I am at Bunnings that could be months away whistle

I took these newer pics after 4pm as it was starting it get a little dark but the colour looks ok..



The two plants on the right side front and back both have fruit on them.
This is the front one the colour of the fruit is a lighter green
The large fruit would be about 4cm across
The smaller one about the size of a cherry..



Same bush taken further away there is more little fruit up top of those two



The one at the back does not have as many fruit on it but they are greener
And the larger fruit would be the size of a apricot



They are on the South East part of the block so don't get a lot of sun all day
At present around three hours and the ones on the left side would get even less
As the tall trees closer to the boundary fence give out a lot of shade
And by mid-day the sun is over the house and none of them get any
I watered them as you can see, the last time I did that was nine days ago
The soil was still a little damp but with 25 degs now I will have to watch them.

Just a little worried about those leaves turning up on the one in the front
I have to lift the stem up to water as its laying on the soil now
Perhaps its time to take that stem off too not many on it though
What do you think..
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PostSubject: Re: Update On Scotia Tomato Seedlings   Wed Jul 22, 2009 11:32 pm

the plant only actually needs a few leaves for photosynthesis so you can go ahead and take off that branch if you like.

apricot size is about the correct fruit size. i hope those other ones fatten up for you.

here's a link to some info on scotia. unfortunately...there's not a lot out there. i'm surprised by that...because really...it IS a nice tomato.

http://tatianastomatobase.com/wiki/Scotia

*edited to add what a great job you and tony are doing over there. they look lovely. i hope they taste as lovely for you as the plants look*
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PostSubject: Re: Update On Scotia Tomato Seedlings   Thu Jul 23, 2009 4:46 am

Looking good Mary-Anne.

Yours are doing well for winter Tessa.

I just picked a couple of small romas yesterday, not the best but better than store bought. Haven't many left now so hope the young ones get a hurry on.
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