Winter Tomatoes in Fl. (Plus veggies and garden pics)

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Mon Sep 14, 2020 9:45 pm

I love Mr. Snow, I sure hope your can get some fruit, Barb. It's superb.
Elaine those HD cages are fine for dwarfs.
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Mon Sep 14, 2020 10:00 pm

Thanks Barb, after the fact of ordering so many I did read some experiences of growing them in Florida. Maybe I should have tried just a few to start. The seedlings aren’t growing that robustly but maybe it is the heat. I thought I could pot them up to a 2 inch cell like some people do but that didn’t work so had to repot them again into a bigger size.
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Tue Sep 15, 2020 12:28 pm

Orchids blooming on oak tree.
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Zebra bromeliads on oak.
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Tue Sep 15, 2020 12:40 pm

The biggest thing about dwarfs is that they grow with such short internodes, and the leaves are so thickly and densely spaced, that you really need to trim selected leaves here and there for airflow, or it's disease city. They say not to trim dwarfs, or need staking but both are not true for here in South Florida. A lot of dwarfs can easily get to 5 feet high here, need staking or support..
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Tue Sep 15, 2020 12:57 pm

I stake or cage my dwarfs just like my regular tomato plants here in SoCal
I also do some trimming for better airflow too
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Tue Sep 15, 2020 1:07 pm

Marsha, thanks for the tip. When I was looking them up i ran across a pic of a dwarf grown in Fl. all pruned up like that for disease prevention. Hope I can keep up with that as I am not much of a pruner but it sounds like if I don’t they don’t do well. Shrink rap posted pics of his dwarfs and they were really much bigger than I thought they would be.

(Added: Eyegrotom, good to know that it is a good practice to prune. And here I thought they would be less work)
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Tue Sep 15, 2020 1:14 pm

Even up here dwarfs can get to 5ft in containers.
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Tue Sep 15, 2020 1:36 pm

MsCowpea wrote:
Tue Sep 15, 2020 1:07 pm
Marsha, thanks for the tip. When I was looking them up i ran across a pic of a dwarf grown in Fl. all pruned up like that for disease prevention. Hope I can keep up with that as I am not much of a pruner but it sounds like if I don’t they don’t do well. Shrink rap posted pics of his dwarfs and they were really much bigger than I thought they would be.

(Added: Eyegrotom, good to know that it is a good practice to prune. And here I thought they would be less work)
There is one advantage: you can sit on a chair to work on them. For sure they aren't less work though. I also find it hard to find what is a sucker to pinch it off.
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