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John Kingscott 13-05-2003 09:08 AM

Tomatoes in peat pots?
 
Is this not a done thing? I put a load in peat pots to make it easier to
plant them out and they haven't liked it at all. They have barely grown
compared to the others in plastic pots.

Any thoughts?

John
London



Brian Watson 13-05-2003 12:08 PM

Tomatoes in peat pots?
 

"John Kingscott" wrote in message
...
Is this not a done thing? I put a load in peat pots to make it easier to
plant them out and they haven't liked it at all. They have barely grown
compared to the others in plastic pots.

Any thoughts?


My guess is that the water-loss by evaporation would be great through the
walls of peat pots.

Tomato roots HATE to be dry.

--
Brian
"Stuck down a hole, in the fog, in the middle of the night, with an owl."



H 13-05-2003 01:32 PM

Tomatoes in peat pots?
 
Is this not a done thing? I put a load in peat pots to make it easier to
plant them out and they haven't liked it at all. They have barely grown
compared to the others in plastic pots.


I've planted all my tomato plants in peat pots. They are now nearly 2 foot
high, very thick stems, and throwing out flowers all over the place.
However, there appears to be a trick to using peat pots.

You've got to keep the roots damp. I made sure of this by cramming the peat
pots together in a seed tray. There was no gaps between them at all.
Although they were round, they got 'squashed' into a square shape to fill
the gaps. This kept the peat pots nice and damp so when the roots came out,
they were still happy. When I potted them on, I soaked the peat pots
thoroughly first, then carefully tore each pot open and folding back about a
quarter of the pot. This meant that if the pot dried out, the roots could
still exit into the new compost thru the hole.

Did the same for my squash, cucs, pumpkins, courgettes, beans, datura,
incarvilla, peppers, etc etc

Best,

- h




John Kingscott 13-05-2003 01:32 PM

Tomatoes in peat pots?
 
thats what i thought but they have really been keep moist (too moist?)

"Brian Watson" wrote in message
...

"John Kingscott" wrote in message
...
Is this not a done thing? I put a load in peat pots to make it easier

to
plant them out and they haven't liked it at all. They have barely grown
compared to the others in plastic pots.

Any thoughts?


My guess is that the water-loss by evaporation would be great through the
walls of peat pots.

Tomato roots HATE to be dry.

--
Brian
"Stuck down a hole, in the fog, in the middle of the night, with an owl."





John Kingscott 13-05-2003 01:32 PM

Tomatoes in peat pots?
 
thanks!
"H" wrote in message
...
Is this not a done thing? I put a load in peat pots to make it easier

to
plant them out and they haven't liked it at all. They have barely grown
compared to the others in plastic pots.


I've planted all my tomato plants in peat pots. They are now nearly 2 foot
high, very thick stems, and throwing out flowers all over the place.
However, there appears to be a trick to using peat pots.

You've got to keep the roots damp. I made sure of this by cramming the

peat
pots together in a seed tray. There was no gaps between them at all.
Although they were round, they got 'squashed' into a square shape to fill
the gaps. This kept the peat pots nice and damp so when the roots came

out,
they were still happy. When I potted them on, I soaked the peat pots
thoroughly first, then carefully tore each pot open and folding back about

a
quarter of the pot. This meant that if the pot dried out, the roots could
still exit into the new compost thru the hole.

Did the same for my squash, cucs, pumpkins, courgettes, beans, datura,
incarvilla, peppers, etc etc

Best,

- h






Brian Watson 13-05-2003 03:56 PM

Tomatoes in peat pots?
 

"John Kingscott" wrote in message
...
thats what i thought but they have really been keep moist (too moist?)


Quite possibly.

"Drainage holes" is the answer, perhaps (yes, I know you shouldn't need them
but...) and stand the peat pots in a tray so they can soak up or drain to
their roots' content.

--
Brian
"Stuck down a hole, in the fog, in the middle of the night, with an owl."




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