The previous post on these series I did a great leap forward. The truth is that mid-culture, things do not develop as quickly as at the beginning, or maybe it felt slower to me. Anyway, we left it a 17th of april with the first pollinated flower starting to develop; time for another fast forward. I will share some pictures to show the development of these cherry tomatoes. The backlit picture above was taken the 21st of april, 4 days after the last post.
27th of april
They already look like tomatoes. The vine is still upright. It will bend later because of the weight.
5th of may
The plants keep growing and I raised the led lamp higher by eliminating the roller and folding the hanging wires. This is the highest I can put it, but I already know that it won’t be enough.
20th of may
Only 2 weeks later and I am not sure what to do. Notice how one branch has gone through the vent, and some others are bending against the ceiling. Besides, the upper leaves receive almost no light. I decide to cut the growing tips and allow the plant to develop some of the lateral branches.
20th of may
The same day I see the first tomate turning red.
28th of may
Surprise! This variety (Sungold) is not red, but orange. I have tasted the first one and it is delicious!
8th of june
With the lower leaves taken out, you see the hanging vines ready to be harvested. I will do it tomorrow. There are two types of tomatoes here: the ones at the front are organic Gardener’s delight and the others are F1 Sungold. Next post I will write my impressions on the two of them.
9th of june
At last, time to harvest. The tomatoes look gorgeous and I cannot wait to share the result of my efforts with my family. Notice how the tomatoes look a bit dusty. It is not that I used any pesticide on them (I used none). Actually we have started some reforms in my house. Saddly I will have to cut the plants and store the hydroponic system. Besides, it is starting to be quite hot in the town I live, and the water temperature is not adequate for growing. Too high temperature means too little oxygen in it; the roots are in danger of hypoxia, which is rotting of the roots provoked by lack of oxygen. It is a pity because now that the plants are producing, I could expect to harvest some tomatoes every two weeks or so. Next time I will start my culture sooner, to have them producing during the winter.