For those of you who aren’t aware please let me explain. I am conducting a trial on behalf of Huntingdon Garden and Leisure Centre.
The trial is to compare a seed grown tomato plant to a grafted plant. If you look back at previous posts you will see the progress that came before this post.
Today’s post sees both plants developing fruit but as you can see the grafted plant, we call her Ele, is weighed down with an abundance to the point she has needed to be given a crutch support.
Now I’m sure there is something I could of done to help the plant more than I have. But I found the bottom of the plant stem thinner than the upper stem and it didn’t seem to be able to support itself. Especially with the shallow depth of the grow bag. I have been very worried about it breaking in the windy weather.
Ali, the seed grown plant, is more dainty but bearing her fair share of fruit.
I will be doing a survey of the fruit produced by each plant.
Both plants have ripening fruit and I’m hoping to pick a tomato off both plants this week for a side by side tasting. Stay tuned!
Well it’s plain to see Ele (grafted plant – left of image) has become a bit of a monster and Ali (seed grown plant) is certainly the “little” sister BUT “as they say” size isn’t everything because there is an interesting development when it comes to flowers on the trusses!
As of the 30th June, Ele, the grafted plant, has developed 5 trusses with between 8-11 flowers per truss.
Whereas Ali, the seed grown plant, has developed 3 trusses so far but has approx 24 flowers per truss.
Ali’s trusses seem to be double stemmed (forked) and so has double the flowers that Ele has on her single stemmed truss. So if both plants successfully develop their flowers into fruit it would appear that Ali will have more fruit. Very interesting turn of events considering the monster of a plant that Ele has become when compared to Ali.
Now, as I am no expert, I don’t know if this development is a feature of the type of tomato plant but maybe Huntingdon Garden and Leisure can comment on that for us.
I’ll keep you posted on this interesting development.
Hello it’s that time again. A growth update on Ali & Ele for my tomato plant trail, seed grown versus grafted on behalf of Huntingdon Garden & Leisure Centre.
Now, first things first, I need to confess something. I’ve never used grow bags before and I followed the instructions and planted the plants without punching any holes in the grow bag. Problem is, with all this rain the plants got waterlogged and were suffering from leaf yellowing. In my defence, the instructions on the bag actually say “be careful not to pierce the bag’. Anyhow, after some consultation with my friendly garden centre people, I have now pierced the bags. So fingers crossed now for a return to full health for Ele & Ali. Suggestions as to whether I should remove the yellowed leaves or not would be helpful, thank you.
So growth update – Ali (seed) hasn’t done anything since last measure a couple of weeks ago and is still 35cm whereas Ele (graft) has added another 5cm now measuring 60cm. You can see from the photo Ele really is towering over Ali now.
Ali & Ele 3/6Ali & Ele 3/6
I have given them another feed today, feeding them weekly as per instructions on the bottle.
I saw this idea on the web somewhere, sorry I will get better at citing my sources of inspiration. If you have bananas that have seen better days stick them in the freezer. Then when you fancy a banana smoothie take them out,
don’t worry they looked like that when they went in but perfect on the inside.
I roughly chopped them (not sure that this necessary) and put in blender with 1/2 pint of semi-skim milk. Gave it a good blend and that’s it.
It was a very thick icy smoothie but really nice. My 5yo came back for more so I think that’s a good test!