Second year tomato plants
I planted some tomatoes from seed last year about this time. I grew them in 5 gallon buckets in Miracle Grow
potting soil. The variety was Applause, which I have
had very good luck with here in North West Oklahoma.
Applause is a determinate tomato. They did very well in
our hot South windy summer. I gave them some shade
in the worst heat of summer. By last fall, they looked awful
and had some sort of blight and spider mites. I was going to
toss them but they sent up some new growth from the
base of the plants so I cut off all of the dead stuff and
hosed them off with water and sprayed them with Spinosad and brought them into our sunroom for the winter. The sunroom is un-heated but has a motel type
heater/AC that comes on just enough to keep it from
freezing. It probably gets no colder than 45F. Anyway
I have two buckets with one plant each and they bloomed all winter and have tomatoes the size of golf balls on them and are still blooming like crazy. Some of the blooms are the size of half dollars. We have not had any
get ripe but isn't this pretty unusual especially for a determinate tomato? I plan to move them outside on warm days and see how many years I can keep them alive. Any Thoughts? I have an I phone and if I knew how I would post a picture of them. Really gorgeous tomato plants.