Aerogarden Ultra LED, Sweet Baby Girl Tomato

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Replanted my LED Ultra a week ago, this time trying sweet baby girl tomato.

They just taste good. Yes, the fantastico yielded fantastically - but sweet baby girl taste so much better. The seeds came up fast.

Update: Added 2-week photo.

Then 3-week. Pruned above 5th branch at 3 weeks. It already had suckers growing, including from seed leaves - branchy tomato.

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199, first 1/1/2016, aged 13 weeks, allowed to die through mid-June
 

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Picked another 46 tomatoes as

Picked another 46 tomatoes as I let this plant die, and there were probably another 30 that I simply threw out. The plant got so defoliated in the battle against spider mites, and I got so lazy about it, that the final fruit didn't taste very good. I didn't intend to let this plant live past mid-June anyway. Good productive grow.  RIP.

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3 more weeks, 51 more

3 more weeks, 51 more tomatoes.

This plant is nearing the end, through no fault of its own. It's just getting hot now, and I need that window blind closed. So I kinda neglected it for a week, just adding water, and the spider mites got out of control again... Should get another dozen or so fruit out of it before the end.

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2 more weeks, 19 more

2 more weeks, 19 more tomatoes. Doing well under the neem oil treatment, though the spider mites are still there.

So at this point, 7 months and 102 tomatoes.

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2 more weeks, only 2 more

2 more weeks, only 2 more tomatoes - a little lull. But the plant is laden with fruit, much fatter fruit in the sunlight, and with actual leaves. The spider mites aren't gone, but the plant is so loving the spring sunlight, and the neem oil weekly sprays are keeping the damage down. So this grow may continue until the window shade needs to close for summer heat management.

I have a sweet baby girl started for outside for summer. It seems to thrive in a topsy-turvy.

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3 more weeks, 34 more

4 more weeks, 38 more tomatoes - much better. smiley

Well, better harvests, anyway. The plant looks hideous, and is completely infested with spider mites. But! It's setting lots more fruit, and thoroughly enjoying the spring sunshine. I ran out of Texas Tomato Food, so it's eating some old FloraMato dry nutes now. And setting lots and lots of new green fruit. For the moment, I'm spraying it with 3-in-1 (insecticide, miticide, fungicide), which is a neem oil concoction. More than once a week for the moment, but will back down to once a week. That won't eradicate spider mites. But it helps.

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3 more weeks, 3 more tomatoes

3 more weeks, 3 more tomatoes, but about to ripen a bunch, I think.

The window became available again (empty nesting for a bit), so I unraveled the tomato, tied it back up again, and put it in the window, which should make it grow somewhat better. But the plant is seriously infested with spider mites, I think. So, the game now is to ripen and harvest all those fruit-of-size, then clean it out.

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20 weeks, no more tomatoes

20 weeks, no more tomatoes harvested, as expected... I should harvest a single one later this week. It is starting to load up on green fruit again, though. I think part of the problem was a lighting error. A power outage shifted the cycle to end at midnight, possibly not giving it enough dark time. Eventually noticed and shifted it back to turn off at 9 pm.

My son is going away soon on an adventure, at which point I can move this plant to a sunny windowsill. (Western exposure.)

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18 weeks, 9 more tomatoes (40

18 weeks, 9 more tomatoes (40 total so far). That was 8 the first week, 0 the next week, and 1 today. frown Yeah, that was why I was iffy on whether to just kill this thing and start over, but I haven't gotten around to it. So it lives. And there are green tomatoes on it, and some flowers. Not a lot. You can spot the one I harvested today (after none for nearly 3 weeks) at the bottom of the back, amongst all the denuded floppy vines.

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15 weeks, 31 tomatoes - yummm

15 weeks, 31 tomatoes - yummm. These really are delicious.

But not very productive. I am unimpressed. There's maybe 6 fruit left ripening and perhaps 2 green fruit. Sorry, plant. That's not enough to earn your keep. So... I could add a side-light and see if the plant could be coaxed into productivity. Or I could axe it and grow a fairy tale eggplant. I haven't tried an eggplant under LEDs yet.

We shall see...

I still highly recommend sweet baby girl tomatoes — they're awesome. But yeah, tomatoes need sidelight to do their best.

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Thanks, MaryL! And great to

Thanks, MaryL! And great to see you again. smiley

I planted 2 sweet baby girls the first time I tried them, and LOL! That was one crowded Aerogarden! (Check out the post where I unraveled them - LOL!) What a pain, to keep the reservoir full, with two of them slurping down water.

I think you'll love the flavor! My first fruit suffered the first tomato effect - first one tastes worst - but they're up to snuff now, and delicious.

Speed - that depends on so many things. I do like the Texas Tomato Food nutes I'm using for convenience, though, and I dump and refill the Aerogarden every week (almost).

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