My first post here in these forums, ive recently rented an allotment space round the back of my garden so have been going gardening mad this (year especially when it comes to tomatoes).
My question is about some Duchy Moneymaker Organic tomatoes I have started from seed. What Ive done so far...
I started the plants around April time inside germinated them and grew them to about 10 cm or so till they looked strong enough. I'm based in Sweden, Uppsala by the way so last frost date tends to be a tiny bit little later (couple of weeks maybe) than the UK.
You can see here things were all going to plan at this point... https://myfolia.com/plantings/333845-tomatos-organic-money-maker-solanum-lycopersicum
About 1.5 weeks ago I planted the tomatoes outside. We've just had a very hot period and have just hit the last frost date, its still a bit cold one some days but figured it was safe enough to plant the tomatos out by now.
I dug small compost holes and put them into the ground, and have been keeping them well watered.
Today ive noticed that the leaves are turning white (cue shock horror music!)...
Ive done a bit of reading on this and my obvious factors that could have caused this are:
a) planting them out a bit too early perhaps
b) Not hardening them up (they went straight from window sill into the ground which I've now realised was a bit of a schoolboy error!)
c) Possibly watering the leaves and recently we had a spout of strong sun so could have burned the leaves.
It seems really there is a lot of things that could have caused this, but does anyone have any tips on going forwards what I can do to reduce this in the hope that they will pull through? (I really don't want my entire set of 10 or so plants to die on my first attempt!).
My thinking was:
1) feeding with tomato feed (am going to get some by tomorrow latest to feed them with)
2) Covering with a gardening blanket to shelter from the cold a bit, I don't currently have one (and its quite a large space) so any ideas on make shift covers are welcome!
3) Not watering the leaves when I water them (and trying to water around them at the base)
... are these good ideas and any others?
My tomatoes need you! Thanks in advance!