I am a tomato killer and it is killing me

ontheteam(5a-6 (S.Eastern, MA))May 6, 2014

I WS 21 kinds of toms for a plant sale I run but the weather has not been helping they are just sprouting .... The sale started the 2nd and runs each fri sat sun in May...I expected to be able to sell these the last 2 weeks of the sale...

So I had started 15 other kinds under lights that I was going to sell the 1st 2 weeks of the sale ..and I killed them all somehow..the 2st set I started in Feb I started to soon and the lights cooked the leaves...the 2nd set I started in April got what appeared to be damp off but it-started at the TOP of the plant

So now I have plant sale known for unusual and heirloom tomatoes with no tomatoes and no time to re grow them. I have hit everyone I can think of up for a donation but have gotten no where... Hold me.... I know the WS ones will grow and be beautiful just not in time for me to sell for Children's Hospital this month...in June i will have 30 seedlings I do not need Auughhhhh.

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caryltoo Z7/SE PA

So sorry that happened. Growing under lights can be tricky -- it's one reason I like WS so much, but I know it's not effective if you want nice, big seedlings by early- to mid-May. For next year, do you know anyone with a hot house?

    Bookmark   May 8, 2014 at 6:05AM
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ontheteam(5a-6 (S.Eastern, MA))

for next year *I* will have a greenhouse...but I worry about that learning curve too..

I have contact just about everyone I can think of on this and am not getting anywhere... It's not the end of the world. We will still raise $$..I just hate letting people down

    Bookmark   May 8, 2014 at 7:17PM
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docmom_gw Zone 5 MI(5)

Anyone who knows anything about gardening will understand that this has been an unusual season. They'll just need to be satisfied with what you have, or they can grow plastic-tasting hybrids from the big box stores. If they do that, they'll be flocking back to you next year, desperate for a real tomatoe. No worries.

Martha

    Bookmark   May 10, 2014 at 7:48AM
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