The AG Mega Cherry Tomato kit

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Because they were out of master gardener kits for the 6-pod AGs when I bought my Elite+, I figured I'd go ahead and try to mega cherry tomatoes that came with it, instead of waiting for the MG kits to come in stock.

Also, I decided to keep it at work instead of bring it home. As a result, I planted the kit on December 19th and then promptly went on vacation for two weeks over the holidays... so the first update is at 3 weeks of growth   It also didn't help that I was on vacation when it was nutrient time. They were supposed to be fed Jan 2, but I didn't get in until Jan 5 so they're a little off schedule. And I won't be in the office on Jan 19, so they're going to lose another day!

 

Weekly progress shots:

3 weeks old - Jan 9 4 Weeks old - Jan 16 January 23rd (5 weeks)  Week 15 - April 6th 17 weeks old

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Sorry, PolarVertex hasn't

Sorry, PolarVertex hasn't been around lately, either.

They get spindly, because only the part very close to the lights is really healthy. You have to prune them as per instructions, but the plant will continue to grow only into the lights, because it's light-starved.

The way I grew my AG mid-size tomatoes was by devising a lightscreen to solve that problem. I'm considering how to sell it atm, which is why that topic's gone dark for the moment.

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Image 4 looks the best. Has
Image 4 looks the best. Has tomatoes all over them. I am wondering by week 17 though as they look a little spindly. Should they have been pruned before that to spread them out rather than to let them keep growing up? I don't know how to do the pruning, but I am dreading it already as I don't want to mess them up, but they evidently must be pruned for best growth. Did you prune them? I am going to read up on pruning when I start by planting my tomatoes. I really want a lot of tomatoes.
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The Mega tomatoes look very

The Mega tomatoes look very good ...

jessijordan (not verified)
Ok now I don't feel so bad!

Ok now I don't feel so bad! Mine look like yours after pruning but I have no new stems growing yet except for the in betweeny branches that keep trying to grow. I'm pinching em off.

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Hi everyone! I added my 17

Hi everyone! I added my 17 week-old picture. At the end of last week I had harvested nearly 40 tomatoes and the lower branches died off in a big way. I did some major pruning and am going to ride it out and see what happens! I'm too busy planning my outdoor garden to come up with a new plan for this AG yet  Plus, there are still eight or so sizable green toms that I don't want to give up on!

The plant on the right had the main stem cut off and there is already a new little branch growing there. The one on the left still has two tiny, tiny tomatoes forming, so I might leave it on for now. If they don't grow much I will probably lop that one off too.

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Lopping off the top really

Lopping off the top really does make it branch out. There's an article on the customer service section of Aerogrow (see Tomato in the Lorebook) that explains in detail. Essentially the growing tip (meristem) is suppressing growth points down below.

The soil's drying out because it's drinking it. They drink a lot when they're growing fast... Might need a bigger pot.

Glad the fan's working!

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I had done that b4 when I

I had done that b4 when I transplanted them but they just shot up again. Everyday, I am raising the light so that they dont burn on the top. I had just a little space left in the top of the pot that I am saving for the vermiculite (whenever the heck it arrives). I need it to help me maintain the moisture in the pots. The soil is drying out waaaay to quickly and its not even summer yet.

The seed pack says they can grow from 1 to 2 feet. I'd hate to cut the top off but I may not really have a choice. I think I will, sometime this week, be brave and cut the biggest one off at the top and lower the lamp again. Hopefully it will get the idea to grow out (with more branches on the sides) not up.

In good news, it seems like putting a fan on them for 10 - 15 mins a day really does strenghten their stems!

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Jessi - one advantage of

Jessi - one advantage of growing tomatoes in soil is that you can lower the bottom as well as the top. Might want to try lopping off the bottom couple branches, then burying the stem lower into the soil, for height management.

Did the package say how tall the plant is supposed to get? Although that's only a guideline, not a promise. Tomatoes stretch for light.

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Wow! Great looking

Wow! Great looking plants! I wonder if I should prune mine. They are determinate Tiny Tims but one is growing really fast and almost reaching the top of my growing unit.

What do you guys think?

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Thanks! I did prune them as

Thanks! I did prune them as recommended in the manual after 5 sets of leaves, and they stayed really compact for a long time. I'm uncertain whether or not the prune them now, because all the new flowers are right at the top. If they do get too tall, maybe I'll just lop off the tops again and see what happens! 

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