Tomato update and bacterial canker May 19, 2021 17:37:35 GMT -5 via mobile
Post by raphanus on May 19, 2021 17:37:35 GMT -5
This year I have about a dozen tomatoes in the ground, a dozen in raised beds, two dozen or so in 7 or 10 gallon fabric pots, 10 in five gallon buckets and 1 in a giant clay pot. A hundred or so still in 50 cell trays I need to plant or give away. Mostly brandywine yellow, a few cherries, an indigo rose, a few beefsteak, and a bunch of rando unknowns. Most are in a mixture of half potting mix and half composted manure (organic chicken compost, black kow. Never really any pest issues other than a few leaf footed bugs. Bacterial canker is something I see most years, but it seems earlier this year. I don’t know as much about the disease as I would like. I take precautions like practicing crop rotation and trying to prune off leaves that are close to the ground. I’ve never bothered treating seeds though. I have canker bad on four tomatoes that are in five gal buckets pretty close together on a piece of plywood. The buckets were brand new, I used brand new potting mix, and it was a Ferry Morse seed pack I just bought at Lowe’s a few months ago. They are in full sun. They were supposed to be my main producers. Ironically, all of my other tomatoes that I put less work into are doing fine with no canker, and some were from the same seed pack. My tomatoes in the ground and in raised beds all look great. The ones in part shade are much lusher and darker green and larger than the ones in full sun. The Brandywine Yellow variety I was excited about and got a ton of seed of, there are many large plants, but yields look really low. Tomato season is almost over for me unfortunately. I have some homeycomb hybrid orange cherries I just started in 50 cell trays and plan to keep in the shade house until September for a fun Thanksgiving harvest. In the future I think I will go back to growing mostly peppers and eggplants and just do a few heat tolerant short season determinate varieties. There are a few heat tolerant varieties but unfortunately zero varieties resistant to bacterial canker. Maybe I’ll try to breed one but that seems unlikely.