Latin: Solanum lycoprsicum
Breed Status: F-1 Hybrid
Growth Habit: Determinate
Days to Maturity: 55 Days
Life Cycle: Annual
Flower Colour: Yellow
Fruit Colour: Red
Average Fruit Weight: 20-40g
Foliage Colour: Green
Light Requirements: Full Sun
Soil Requirements: High organic matter and well draining. Consistent moisture necessary during fruit formation.
- Hanging Basket
- Early Producer
Special Considerations: Prevent blossom end rot by providing abundant soil calcium and an even supply of soil moisture.
Pot Sizing: 10″ hanging basket with plastic hanger.
Vegetable Hanging Basket Guide
Hanging baskets require special care, especially for vegetable production. Plants tend to be more sensitive to environmental conditions due to the limited root volume, increases temperatures and potential for drought stress. For that reason, we want to clarify that growing in a basket is more involved than growing in soil and may be more tailored for experienced growers. This guide is our recommendations for growing vegetables in hanging baskets, however, this is not a guarantee as there are many factors involved in growing plants.
THE BASKET: We grow our hanging basket vegetables in 10″ or 12″ diameter hanging baskets. These baskets are typically green and have either a metal or plastic hanger. All the baskets we provide have a water reservoir at its base.
SOIL MEDIA: We grow our hanging basket vegetables in a mixture of soilless, peat-based potting media (Sunshine #4 Organic) and compost. This provides the plant with a suitable rooting substrate for growth, water retention, aeration and nutrition holding while also being relatively lightweight. We also include a slow-release, granular, certified organic fertilizer to promote healthy root and shoot growth. You will still be required to fertilize during the season as the slow-release fertilizer will not be enough to sustain your plant during the fruiting period.
FERTILIZING: You will be required to fertilize periodically during the fruiting season. Typically, one dose every 2 weeks should suffice depending on the crop load and development stage. Weekly feedings at lower doses may be needed to balance growth. We recommend using a liquid fertilizer to provide the basic needs (Orgunique 3-1-4 or 3-2-5). Always ensure you are fertilizing as a dilution with water into the pot that is not dry or completely saturated with water. Water that drains from the pot after watering will remove nutrients.
WATERING: Hanging basket vegetables are often stressed by drought-like conditions. Ensure that the baskets remain moist; not dry and not saturated. There is a reservoir in the bottom of the basket, however, a mature plant on a sunny day may drain it completely. It may be beneficial to avoid direct sun contact with the side of the basket during the hottest part of the day as water may also evaporate, leaving the soil media dry. Water may be required up to twice a day depending on crop usage and environmental conditions.
PLACEMENT: It is important to consider the placement of your basket. Tomatoes and cucumbers need at least 6 hours of direct sunlight to produce fruit. Covered decks and patios are recommended as the basket should receive some shade and be protected from rain (may wash away nutrients, oversaturate media and damage the plant/fruit). Baskets in full sun during the hottest part of the day may dry out more quickly and require more frequent watering. Roots may also become “cooked” during extreme heat events or sunlight exposure causing decreased yields and plant health.
Tomato Growing Information
SCIENTIFIC NAME: Solanum lycopersicum
DETERMINATE (Bush): Varieties do not need pruning and may be grown with or without support; fruit ripens within a concentrated time period.
INDETERMINATE (Climbing): Varieties should be staked, trellised, or caged, and pruned for best results; fruit ripens over an extended period.
TRANSPLANTING OUTDOORS: Transplant into medium-rich garden or field soil 12-24″ apart for determinate varieties, 24-36″ apart for indeterminate, un-staked varieties, and 14-20″ for staking. Plant 3-8″ inches deep, covering the root ball well and up to the cotyledons (first leaves). If using grafted plants, take care to ensure the graft union is not touching the soil. Water seedlings with a high-phosphate fertilizer solution. For earliest crops, set plants out around the last frost date under floating row covers, which will protect from frost to about 28°F (-2°C). If possible, avoid setting out unprotected plants until night temperatures are over 45°F (7°C). Frost will cause severe damage.
FERTILIZER: Abundant soil phosphorus is important for early high yields. Too much nitrogen causes rampant growth and soft fruits susceptible to rot.
DISEASES: Learn the common tomato diseases in your area. Select resistant varieties. For prevention, use young, healthy transplants, avoid overhead irrigation, plow in tomato plant refuse in the fall, rotate crops, and do not handle tobacco or smoke before handling plants. Organic fungicides can reduce certain diseases when properly selected and applied.
BLOSSOM END ROT: Prevent blossom end rot by providing abundant soil calcium and an even supply of soil moisture.
INSECT PESTS: Use row covers to protect young seedlings from flea beetles. Tomato hornworms can be controlled with Bacillus thuringiensis, although not commonly found in the Kootenays. Organic insecticides may be required for potato beetle larvae and adults control. Growing healthy plants is the best way to manage pests!
HARVEST: Fully vine-ripen fruit when possible for best flavour. Mature green fruits may be picked in the fall and ripened indoors in a sunny location such as a windowsill.
STORAGE: Store firm, ripe fruit 7-16°C (45-60°F) for 4-7 days.
DAYS TO MATURITY: From transplants.
Spring Plant Reservations
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Order deadlines: April 21st, 2019
* Please note that orders are dependent on available inventory. Some stock have limited available quantities.
Any bulk orders of 50+ plants will be subject to bulk order pricing. Please contact us for bulk orders.
All other potted plants must be picked up in May from the farm. We are unable to deliver to Nelson or Castlegar Garden Festivals due to recent SPR order quantities.
This item is for pick-up only and does not qualify for shipping via Canada Post.
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