<![CDATA[Burpee Community - ]]> http://www.burpee.com/community/discussion/629/tomato-tips%21 en-US Burpee //d1l316k04n1hna.cloudfront.net/static/images/burpee-favicon.png 16 16 Burpee http://www.burpee.com/community/ <![CDATA[Re: Tomato Tips!]]> http://www.burpee.com/community/discussion/629/tomato-tips%21?commentid=1849 If we get a hot summer last year, remember that tomatoes to not set bloom when the temperature zaps up to 90-95f!with very warm sticky nights  - I don't think even the bugs are out at that temperature either.

Also check the tomatoes each morning as the season goes on - horn worms can do alot of damage in just a few hours!!

http://www.burpee.com/community/discussion/629/tomato-tips%21?commentid=1849 April 24, 2013
May 1, 2013 May 1, 2013 <![CDATA[Re: Tomato Tips!]]> http://www.burpee.com/community/discussion/629/tomato-tips%21?commentid=1861 I read this tip in a recent garden magazine I got that I thought was neat: To make your cardboard cutworm collars last longer, dip them in melted parafin wax.

My personal tomato tip: Last year I broke off one of the tops of my tomato seedlings about a couple weeks before going into the ground. Knowing that tomato stems will grow their own roots if buried I took the broken stem and buried the end in a couple inches of seed starting mix. It did grow its own roots and by the time the tomatoes went into the ground you couldn't tell which plant had been the broken stem. My tomato seedlings are not doing so great this year so as back up, rather than buying 12 new plants, I saved money by buying just one tomato plant (picking the healthiest looking one with lots of stems), cutting off the thickest stems, and burying the stems in seed starting mix. This may come in handy for those who buy their own plants instead of starting them indoors but need a lot of tomato plants.  

http://www.burpee.com/community/discussion/629/tomato-tips%21?commentid=1861 May 1, 2013
<![CDATA[Re: Tomato Tips!]]> http://www.burpee.com/community/discussion/629/tomato-tips%21?commentid=1996 Tomatoes are easy enough to grow, but they do benefit from frequent check-ins. When it's not too rainy or wet, I check mine almost daily throughout the growing season. It only takes me about 20 minutes each day, before or after work, and I get to assess the soil moisture, pull a few weeds, watch for diseases/pests, and untangle their vines and train them up their stakes/cages. Plus, I would swear that my plants almost lean towards me or "reach out" towards me when I am out there with them. Maybe they just like the extra CO2 I give off, but I like to think that they know me!Smile

http://www.burpee.com/community/discussion/629/tomato-tips%21?commentid=1996 August 11, 2013