My experiment into tomato growing without a greenhouse or experience continues uneventfully and I was mighty pleased to see several buds develop into fragile, yellow, 5 petalled flowers. However, loving attention is clearly not enough to secure the healthy growth of an indoor tomato plant.
A little online research informed me that tomatoes come in a variety of shapes and sizes from cherry to giant beefsteak. Imagining that I would automatically receive red tomatoes is apparently misleading as they can be green, orange, purple or even striped!
The loss of a lower leaf was not a concern until the second, then third leaf curled, faded and was removed. It was time to consult the Royal Horticultural Society. My plant's symptoms are caused by inappropriate levels of water, light, temperature and nutrients. Watering I remembered and the soil is steadily moist. Tick. Light and temperature? Perhaps the north facing windowsill fluctuates too much. The advice is to place into a 9" pot and harden off for outdoors growing. In an attempt to prevent blotches and physiological disorders I am automatically assailed with fears of is it too late or too early in the season. Not to mention the effects of a less than co-operative summer. Had I discovered how to control levels of sunlight and temperature in Scotland I would have made the proverbial fortune!!
Nothing daunted the plant is being placed in a large pot and allocated a corner of the vegetable plot. Here's to its progress over the next month. Should you wish to attempt tomato growing the RHS advice is available at this link.