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I live in Canberra and planted my tomatoes early december, tomatoes are still same size as when planted. I have fed them about 2 weeks ago. What should I do? Is it to late to plant mopre

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Submitted: 02:57PM, 06 Jan 2010
Answer: Hi Belinda if plants have shown no growth from the start you have major fertiliser problems. Slow release fertilisers applied after 6 weeks by themselves are not enough for tomatoes, especially if the soil is poor or has pH problems. It is too late to save these plants now as they have been stressed for too long and will not recover. Advise check soil with a pH kit (should be slightly acidic at about pH 6 – 6.5. When preparing soil add composts and rotted manures along with blood and bone and slow release granules and/or dynamic lifter. Very importantly, use a liquid fertiliser every week or two from the start and rotate the growing bed over at least a 3 year cycle.
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