My Container Tomatoes - Big Boy and Big Beef
At the beginning of the summer I posted a couple of photos of these two container plants, asking why the leaves were outlined in black and was the week or so of steady rain killing my plants. They looked dreadful to me but was told to add some fertilizer and think about maybe separating them, as there were two in each container.
Well a month and a half later, they are doing extremely well, in fact, they are growing by leaps and bounds, to the point where the container is having a very hard time holding them up. I have a lot of different shoots tied up with think twine, so they do not hit the ground. Now I am afraid that the tomatoes underneath, will not grow due to all the foliage blocking the sun and the fact that they are tied pretty tight to the center pole. Will this harm them?
I'm sure that as time goes one, I will have to tie more or the side shoots that are getting bigger everyday, is this okay to do? This is the first time, out of 3 years of attempts to grow tomatoes, that they have looked this healthy. In the past, I would just about always end up having blossom end rot on more of the tomatoes, but as of now, not one of my tomatoes has BER. I am thrilled will this, I just want to make sure that I bring these two plants to full term and get to harvest most of the tomatoes.
Can anyone give me any ideas of a good way to tie these vines up or is the way I'm doing it okay? Any other suggestions is greatly appreciated. Thanks to Carolyn and a couple of others, my plants are doing awesome!
It's hard to tell in this photo but there are a lot of toms on these plants.