applestar wrote:Did you prune? Even with SFG, I believe the recommended spacing is at least 1'x2' block per plant -- I don't recall exactly though -- AND I believe you are supposed to prune to a single vine -- I.e. remove all "suckers" -- per plant.
INDETERMINATE tomatoes usually grow HUGE because they don't stop growing. Even determinates are generally big plants. I did have a one variety that was tiny in comparison -- about 2.5 ft tall at maturity. All the rest of tomatoes grew to the top of their 7 ft trellises and they fell over. They're all piled on top of each other right now because I wanted to see what would happen if I DIDN'T prune.
It will also depend on the physical depth of your soil. If you are planting in solid bottom containers as opposed to native soil, even compacted clay, it will make a huge difference in the amount of root space available for the plants to grow in.
This article is a good reference: [url=https://www.soilandhealth.org/01aglibrary/010137veg.roots/010137ch26.html]ROOT DEVELOPMENT OF VEGETABLE CROPS CHAPTER XXVI: TOMATO[/url]
Ahhh where to start!
I mistyped that. I gave them 1'x2' of space per plant and (embarassingly enough) that IS me in the other post with the plastic bottom and 6" of soil. Be nice! I'm still learning here! HA!
Honestly the plants themselves look very nice and green and healthy (well, until lately), just very small. I haven't pulled any yet to look at the roots but probably will this weekend as I am chalking this year up to a "Learning Year". Now that I have been pondering this for a few days, I remember that they produced better the first year, but the plants were quite small then too.
As for varieties, mostly hybrids (celebrity, early girl, early boy, etc) and Rutgers oh and Roma too. None of them have amounted to anything. I did not prune any either. Didn't see the need since they never took off and really started growing.
I'll admit that my garden has been a bit more neglected this year due to personal life changing issues that started in June and are still ongoing. But I have tried to at least water, ACT alomost daily and my son has helped tremendously (you might remember him from the thread doing the growth experiment between big box compost and vermicompost earlier this year).
Also, yes, every time I up-pot in the Spring and when I plant in the garden, I strip off a good portion of the bottom leaves and bury the stem to get more roots.
OK, so for next year, take out the "good soil", rip off the plastic, dig down a good bit (6 or more inshes?), replace the "good soil" add more of the compost mix and try again.
Sound like it might work?
Once again, THANK YOU ALL for the help and understanding!