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Old 08-04-2019, 06:29 AM
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My tomato plants are over 6 feet tall and producing lots of tomatoes, In addition to the 4 foot heavy duty tomato cages I had to run a rope across them to hold them up because thy are so tall and heavy, the heavy rain last night knocked the tops down. My Macho Nacho jalapeno pepper plants age producing like crazy. The fence behind the tomatoes is 6 feet tall . They look like one big bush on the photo but there are six plants covering about 7 feet in length along the fence. The tomato plants are Big Beef and San Marzano.


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Old 08-04-2019, 08:06 AM
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Awesome garden OT. How often do you water and fertilize?
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Old 08-04-2019, 09:34 AM
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What kind of tomatoes and what zone are you in?
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Old 08-04-2019, 09:42 AM
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Awesome garden OT. How often do you water and fertilize?

I plant tomatoes deep, sometimes i brake off the lower limbs to get them deeper. I put granulated 10-10-10 in the bottom of the hole and cover with a thin layer of dirt, put in the set and fill the hole with water and Miracle grow and let the water soak in to the ground while I go to the next hole with the next plant. When the water has soaked in I fill in the holes and push it in good. I will water with Miracle grow once a week until the plants are about 3 feet high, then water twice a week, unless we get a lot of rain. To much water is as bad as not enough.
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Old 08-04-2019, 09:46 AM
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I recently watched a video where they explain that all of the hairs on the bottom of a tomato plant will turn into a larger root system if lower branches are removed and the plant is planted deeper into the ground with fertilizer like you suggested. I'm looking forward to next Spring to further test this information. I will be ecstatic if I get plants like yours.
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Cal, the tomatoes are "Big Beef' and the last two on the right are a variety of San Marzano Italian that actually look more like a Jalapeno than a plum tomato, they are almost solid inside with very few seeds. I am in zone 6b in Southeast PA Lancaster Co.
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I'm in zone 9b and the heat makes watering a bit tricky. Cherry tomatoes grow like crazy but the larger tomatoes are more of a challenge. Maybe with a deeper root system like you use though would help with that. I'm definitely trying it next year.
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Old 08-04-2019, 11:03 AM
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I'm in zone 9b and the heat makes watering a bit tricky. Cherry tomatoes grow like crazy but the larger tomatoes are more of a challenge. Maybe with a deeper root system like you use though would help with that. I'm definitely trying it next year.
The San Marzano variety is Pomadori Longi
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Old 08-06-2019, 03:47 AM
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Mulching helps with the watering and blossom end rot. I too plant them deep.
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