Heirloom Tomatoes

redgreentomatomimono(5-7)July 8, 2013

Hi people,

I have been inactive for a while so let me reintroduce myself. I am a 15 year old gardening enthusiast in Brooklyn, NY. I love heirloom tomatoes best of all. This summer I was surprised and happy when my heirlooms finally made it past the seedling stage. But, I went away for ten days and therefore could not properly care for the now large plants. My mom dutifully watered them but they need transplanting and I will not be able to transplant them all until the middle of this week. I am growing Green Zebra, Tigerella, and Yellow Jubilee. Of them all, only Green Zebra has fruit, although the rest have flowers. Will the delayed transplanting stunt their growth?

P.S. my lemon balm seeds did not germinate after more than two weeks?

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edweather(Zone 5a/b Central NY)

Congratulations on your nicely growing heirloom tomato plants. Just transplant them as soon as you can and they should be fine. Yes, tomatoes are technically fruits but there is also a tomato forum where you might get more tomato specific feedback.

    Bookmark   July 8, 2013 at 6:42PM
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I should clarify, by growth I am primarily focused on yield. and by yield I mean many reasonably sized fruits rather than one or two enormous ones. This will not affect their yield in any way even though it will be too cold by October for them to continue growing?

    Bookmark   July 8, 2013 at 6:52PM
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drew51 SE MI Z5b/6a

I would suspect leaving them in a small pot will definitely affect yield. I would think you would want them in a permanent pot long before they fruit.

    Bookmark   July 8, 2013 at 7:02PM
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The transplant results depend largely on how many of the roots your potted plants have touching the pot (rootbound).

How large are the pots?. Are you transplanting into the ground or into another pot?

P.S. Are you referring to the leafy herb lemon balm or the tomato Lemon Boy? Try the herb forum for the lemon balm.

    Bookmark   July 8, 2013 at 11:04PM
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edweather(Zone 5a/b Central NY)

The bottom line is that you want to get them in their permanent home, whether in the ground or in a large container, as soon as possible, and hope for the best. You still have at least 2 months of good growing season left.

    Bookmark   July 9, 2013 at 3:36PM
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