May 18, 2015

Tomato Blossoms in May

Just about all the tomato plants have flowers. The plants are looking healthy and robust even with flea beetle damage. I had been keeping the eggplants dusted with diatomaceous earth but it looks like the flea beetles have started to include tomato plants in their diet.
 Costoluto Genovese flowering, lower leaves have holes from flea beetles.
 Jersey Giant tomato blossoms.
 Tomatoes settling in after being planted out May 7th.

Only two tomato plants are without blossoms, one Jubilee plant that had been attacked by birds and a Hillbilly Flame plant that was just planted on Friday, May 15th. We just might be eating ripe tomatoes by the end of June or beginning of July.

Eventually the tomato plants will be supported by being sandwiched between rows of fencing. Supported plants usually produce more tomatoes than those allowed to sprawl on the ground. The beds are 3 feet apart with rows 2 feet apart and 1.5 feet between plants within a row.


David Velten said...

Your tomatoes are looking good despite all that rain. I found that the eggplant flea beetle will attack the lower leaves on my tomatoes, but usually they don't do enough damage to harm the tomatoes.

Phuong said...

Hi David,
I'm glad they won't hurt the tomato plants. It's amazing the amount of damage flea beetles can do to plants they prefer to eat.