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Old 09-30-12, 06:44 AM   #1
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Ermh... Guys... we have a Tomato Problem

My daughter came in couple of months ago with this baby tomato plant from school. We put it on a bigger "dirt-holder-thingy" in the porch. But the thing doesn't stop growing!



Is almost up the the ceiling and yet no tomato. I don't wanna put it outside on the ground because this being a rented place, we could move. My questions at this point are:

1) Is this tomato plant gonna keep growing up forever?

2) When I'm gonna get some tomatoes?
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First of all, the pot is way too small for the tomato, an 18" pot is better to permit the roots to expand. The plant should be potted fairly deeply because the nubs and fuzzy hairs on the stem become roots when they are under ground. Second, if an older seed was planted, you may never get tomatoes. The likelihood of the plant flowering and producing tomatoes diminishes significantly depending on the age of the seed. Maybe you should start fresh with a newer tomato seed that is packaged for the 2012 season. Perhaps a patio tomato plant would suit you better as they don't grow as large and produce wonderful tasty fruit. There are patio tomato plants that grow cherry style tomatoes or sized ones. The plant you have is ready for the compost pile. Sorry.

Edit: if you have flowers on the plant, then it needs a larger pot and exposure to bees. If there are no flowers, consider composting it.
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Old 09-30-12, 07:07 AM   #3
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Bees? I need bees? The porch is screened. Is that a problem?
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Better switch to a cash crop.
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Better switch to a cash crop.
Lol, yeah...I "hear" MJ grows well among tomatoes.
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Old 09-30-12, 08:48 AM   #6
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Lol, yeah...I "hear" MJ grows well among tomatoes.
You guys... this is an elementary school project... not a high school one.
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If it came from a seed, as was already said it needs to go outside to be pollinated. The comments about the pot are also correct, 15 gallon+ and a tomato cage on top would be best.
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You guys... this is an elementary school project... not a high school one.

Think of the untapped resource there.
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The comments about the pot are also correct
That's what we are trying to tell him.
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Old 09-30-12, 09:09 AM   #10
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That's what we are trying to tell him.
Stop trying to drag me down to foo level >.<
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You need sun/heat to make it flower. You can pollenate with a cotton swab (that's what it bee like). Too late in the season to put out. Better get some grow lights and maybe go hydroponic.
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Plants sometimes need a bit of stress to produce flowers. I'd suggest cutting it, albeit it carefully, down to the soil level. Make sure all leaves and stalk are removed. Should start producing shortly after.
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You guys seem to assume I know what I'm doing. Now I need to google all these terms just to understand what you are saying:

* Plant Stress
* stalk (no idea, probably a part of the plant)
* Q-Tip Pollination (kinda like ms-turbate the plant I guess)
* Grow lights
* Hydrophonics
* tomato cage

Man... all I know is that my daughter came with it and I put water on it. Cuz that's what I learned from this guy:



"You put water on it and it grows"
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Put the plant in a bigger pot and move it to an area where it will get the most sun during the day. A tomato cage is a wire support that holds up the branches (stalks) of the plant when it gets bigger. You can get them at Home Depot for about $2.



You will also need to watch out for nasty tomato worms. If you start to see black droppings under the plant or the leaves start getting chewed, you've probably got them.
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Stop feeding it. Water it once a week. Or when it rains.
Give more dramatic light-cycles. Sunlight during the day and darkness at night
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I don't think that's a tomato.
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Give more dramatic light-cycles. Sunlight during the day and darkness at night
Take it to Canada.
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Ruben, it's much easier to just go to the store and get tomatoes.
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If nothing else, it looks like it could be a tree/shrubbery outside your daughter's playhouse. Unless you're planning on moving in the next couple of months, what's the problem with planting it? At least most people I know treat tomatoes like annuals not perennials.
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It's not getting enough sun to fruit.
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My daughter came in couple of months ago with this baby tomato plant from school. We put it on a bigger "dirt-holder-thingy" in the porch. But the thing doesn't stop growing!



Is almost up the the ceiling and yet no tomato. I don't wanna put it outside on the ground because this being a rented place, we could move. My questions at this point are:

1) Is this tomato plant gonna keep growing up forever?

2) When I'm gonna get some tomatoes?

So....who crossed a tomatoe with cannabis?
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Ruben, it's much easier to just go to the store and get tomatoes.
I don't even eat tomatoes... is all my girl and her projects.
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If nothing else, it looks like it could be a tree/shrubbery outside your daughter's playhouse. Unless you're planning on moving in the next couple of months, what's the problem with planting it? At least most people I know treat tomatoes like annuals not perennials.
U mean it's gonna die before the year?
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U mean it's gonna die before the year?
He mean's most people take them out at the end of the season. I've had one in my greenhouse the last 6 years that still produces though.
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