Posts Tagged ‘tomatoes’

Tomato – Deciphering Letters on Tag

Q: I recently bought a tomato plant from a garden center. The label says it is Lycopersicon esculentum ‘Celebrity’ VFFNTASt. Can you decipher the letters after the variety name? A: I’m sure you recognized the Latin words Lycopersicon esculentum as...

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Tomato Plants- Re-using Soil

Q: Because our yard is shady I have been growing tomatoes in large pots on our sunny deck. At one point I had almost one hundred tomatoes in different stages of growth in my nine pots. Will it be necessary...

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Tomato – Roots on Stem

Q: This year I decided to try my luck at growing a few tomato plants. They are in containers and have done quite well since Easter. However, now the lower leaves are turning yellow and on one of them strange...

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Caterpillars – Which Ones are Poisonous

Q: My friends and I have found dozens of caterpillars under the trees in our school playground. How can you tell if a caterpillar is poisonous? Are there girl and boy caterpillars? I am nine years old. Nick East, Candler...

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Tomato – Cracking Fruit

Q: I have tomatoes planted in whiskey barrels on my porch (full sun). They got pruned a little in hopes of having some bigger fruit. Both barrels show signs like this – but only on some fruit. Any help would...

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Walnut – Toxic to Apples

Q: I have ordered an English walnut cultivar for my back yard. The only available spot will place it within thirty feet of young crabapple and apple trees. Very recently I learned that English walnut cultivars are grafted to black...

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Tomato – Hornworm Wasp Parasite

Q: I put what I believe was a tomato hornworm in a jar with plenty of tomato plant foliage to chew on so my 7-year old could witness the transformation to pupa and then into moth. After a couple of...

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Bucket Gardening – Vegetables

Q: Can you tell me about bucket gardening? I have many five gallon buckets and want to raise vegetables in buckets. What type of soil should I use? A: Gardening in five-gallon buckets is a great way to raise vegetables...

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Easter Egg Plant

Q: Someone gave me seeds for an Easter Egg Plant. In the spring it had blooms, then small white seed pods which grew to the size of a small egg. In August they turned yellow and now they are turning...

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Squirrel – Control in Garden

Q: My apple and pear trees began to bear last year but I didn’t get a single one. The squirrels got them all! Now that I see the fruit beginning to form, what can I do to protect my crop?...

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Irrigation – Measuring How Much

Q: I am a Master Gardener volunteer in our Extension office. We have had a number of people call in and ask about watering vegetables and flowers. I tell them that one inch per week is recommended. My problem is...

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Angel Trumpet – Care

Q: I have a seven foot tall angel trumpet plant. It has numerous large white trumpet flowers. I would like to keep it alive for next year but someone told me it would freeze. Can I cut it down and...

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Tomato Varieties – False Advertising

Q: Enclosed is an advertisement for a huge bush tomato that seems to good to be true. It promises up to fifty pounds of tomatoes per plant but the plants only grow three feet tall. What do you think about...

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Tomato – Low Acid

Q: I have read that sprinkling baking soda around a tomato plant will make the fruit sweeter. How much baking soda should I use and how often. A: I don’t know where your tip came from but I strongly disagree....

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Tomato – Blossom End Rot

Q: I have several tomato plants with tomatoes that are green and on the vine. On some, but not all of them, the tomato fruits have a big black spot on the bottom. I’m afraid this is a fungus that...

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Tomato – Leaf Roll

Q: I planted a tomato six weeks ago and just recently the leaves have started to curl from side to side. Any idea what causes this? It seems to be doing well otherwise in its bushel basket filled with potting...

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Tomato – Stinkbug Damage

Q: My sister and I have a question about the picture attached. What causes “spotty tomatoes”? A: The spots are caused by stinkbugs. These insects feed by sticking their sharp, hollow “nose” into the skin of a tomato and sucking...

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Tomato – Seeds Sprouting Inside

Q: I thought you might enjoy seeing these photos. This is a tomato that a homeowner purchased at a fruit/vegetable stand. It was not homegrown. She left the tomato sitting on her countertop for a couple of weeks. When she...

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