Fall 2010 Aerogarden Mega Cherry and Red Heirloom Tomato Grow

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Hi All,

 I see this got three reads before I had a chance to add content!  Anyways, I'm going to try an heirloom red cherry tomato and a mega cherry tomato in the ag.  I wanted two red cherries but this is what sprouted.  I'll be using aerofalls nutes.  www.aerofalls.com.  I've got 16-8-16, 16-16-16, 8-25-17 and 20-7-13 formulations.  I need advice on which to use and what EC I should shoot for.  I'm hoping for a successful grow!  Here's pictures of the baby plants and a mega cherry in an 8" pot with miracle grow potting mix:

 

22 Oct, using 8-25-17 nutes, EC 1.5, pH 6.  Mega cherry in 8" pot (has buds):

Better pix using the droid phone (go figure).  You can really tell that they are different varieties:

30 Oct progress.  EC 1.6, pH 6.0.

  

 12 Nov progress.  Reg cherry set toms, not sure about ag mega.  EC 1.7 pH 6.0. Using 16-8-16 nutes

2 Dec.  I'm liking this grow very much!  Still manageable plants and buds well below lights.  Pruning regularly.  Pot mega doing OK. Should get some nice size toms!  I like this variety.

 8 January 2011.  Mega Cherry is doing fine.  Typical ugly plant but has at least 20 tomatoes. Heirloom red turned out to be a yellow. Couldn't compete with the mega so I pulled it.  Using 16-16-16 nutes, EC 1.8 and 6.34 pH (yup, with the pH meter). Potted mega still setting fruit, but not very good tasting.

21 January 2011.  Mega cherry still doing well, but a really ugly plant. Lots of tomatoes ready to ripen.  Picked two, not impressed so far.  Hopefully the newer tomatoes will taste good!  Changing nutes each week.  Using 16-16-16 EC 1.8, pH around 6.3.

 29 January 2011: A crop of tomatoes ripening.  Hope they taste good!

6 February 2011: Tomato plant did put out a couple dozen tomatoes, but the taste wasn't to my liking.  Plant fell over under the load even with the plant supports.  Need the room for other things so I picked the ripening tomatoes and terminated this grow.  Soil grown tomato also terminated.  Bottom line is that is possible to successfully grow a mega cherry tomato plant in an ag - but taste suffers.

 

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Hi Gisette,   Both plants

Hi Gisette,

  Both plants produced mealy textured, sour tasting tomatoes (for me).  Tiny tim in soil tastes much better! I'm wondering if stress equals better tasting tomatoes?  I'll be growing some late ripening tomatoes next year to ripen indoors - I'm done with toms in the ag for now...

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Interesting, Beth. Did the

Interesting, Beth. Did the soil-grown mega tomato taste any better than the AG one? Or were they both kinda eh.

What I found with the jet star tomatoes I grew inside last year was that they did ripen - slowly - under 6500K / 4200K CFL's, though they didn't have quite enough light. But the flavor was awful until I moved it outdoors into sunlight. Then even the ones that had grown almost to size indoors, tasted great. Similar with the carmen peppers, but those never did ripen under the CFL's.

Didn't notice so much difference indoor/outdoor with my mini stuffing peppers. Though they certainly grew better and produced better in sunlight. Never got any bigger peppers to produce in the AG.

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Thank you, Beth! What a

Thank you, Beth!

What a gorgeous little plant. I expect it to wear proper colors for Christmas!

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I reposted - please take a

I reposted - please take a look-

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Beth - could you re-post the

Beth - could you re-post the 2nd 2Dec picture? Not getting a closeup of the pot mega when I click on the thumbnail.

These look fantastic.

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Toms still behaving.  Not too

Toms still behaving.  Not too many mega set, but new buds have formed.  I didn't have a chance to pollinate while I was away week before last.  Ditto Mega in a pot. Refilled 27 Nov, 8-25-17 EC 1.8, pH 6.0.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Tomato plants still under

Tomato plants still under control and setting toms.  I was up in CT this week, so some blooms didn't set fruit, but overall I'm pleased so far.  Mega cherry in a pot is doing well. Flushed and refilled Using 8-25-17, EC1.7, pH 6.0.

 

 

 

 

 

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Beth - cool, that stressing a

Beth - cool, that stressing a plant causes early blooms! Take what you can get, right? 

I have leaves aplenty right here, thanks. We got a surprise slush storm this morning, and my kid cleverly missed the bus, so I got to play slush-on-leaves at 7:30 am. Fun!

That's a pretty good phone camera!

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Hi Gisette,   Yes, early.  I

Hi Gisette,

  Yes, early.  I think stressing the plant caused early blooms.  That's OK!  Last year I had happy plants (foliage) and only a few toms.  Recall I actually got toms from a tiny tim in a 4" pot with no fertilizer last year.  We'll see.  Puppy loves tomatoes, peppers, apples and carrots.  Gonna show off the pup - I've taken many pix. Finally got one of her standing still.  Camera is down - using phone for pix, sorry about the quality-

Edit - Hah - she looks really goofy in that picture - and that's the best one I have!  I mostly get pix of her rear end.  Oh well - who's going to volunteer to rake leaves?

 

 

 

 

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Nice, Beth! It's early, isn't

Nice, Beth! It's early, isn't it, for the mega to have fruit set?

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