Aerogarden Ultra LED, Sweet Baby Girl Tomato

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Replanted my LED Ultra a week ago, this time trying sweet baby girl tomato.

They just taste good. Yes, the fantastico yielded fantastically - but sweet baby girl taste so much better. The seeds came up fast.

Update: Added 2-week photo.

Then 3-week. Pruned above 5th branch at 3 weeks. It already had suckers growing, including from seed leaves - branchy tomato.

Harvests:

199, first 1/1/2016, aged 13 weeks, allowed to die through mid-June
 

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Fantastic Ginger!  I've got 2

Fantastic Ginger!  I've got 2 Sweet Baby Girls in an Ultra right now and they aren't growing nearly as fast as yours.  First time I've grown this plant and I can see from yours that 2 plants are much too much for one unit.  But I'm looking forward to tasting my first fruit!  The AG heirlooms were quite bland. 

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P.S. Aerogrow also sells

P.S. Aerogrow also sells refill sponges, of course.

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 Hi, Sharon,

 Hi, Sharon,

Not stupid at all! I reuse Aerogarden pod baskets and domes (just wash and save them), and use new sponges. My favorite Aerogarden accessory is the Park Starts block - can start seedlings in that while another grow is finishing up, then just pop the sponges into  Aerogarden baskets. Or, just buy the 108-pack of sponges by itself. But the blocks really are useful, for overlapping grows by a couple weeks. Or starting seeds for outdoors. (Non-obviously, the blocks and the refill sponges are both sold on that page.)

The CropLampSurround project is detailed in my book. I cut it out of coroplast, which you can get from a sign painter. But the simplest version is just to use a tri-fold presentation board (like for science fairs). Those are sold at Staples, Big Lots, Walmart - office supply departments. But plastic (like coroplast) survives better next to a water appliance, and I can wash it to control disease and insects.

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Wow, absolutely beautiful.  A

Wow, absolutely beautiful.  A couple questions, and I just hope they aren't too stupid.  One, where do you get the plugs for the holes you are going in and two, absolutely love your reflector.  Did you make it?  If so, where do you get that material you used?  

I can only dream of having such success!  But I'm excited when I see pictures like yours that show such results!

 

Just learning but so excited!

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First harvests, 3 cherry

First harvests, 3 cherry tomatoes! At age 13 weeks, right on time. yes Or at any rate, that's about the age they ripened last time (12.5 weeks).

For a sweet baby girl tomato, the flavor was a bit below par. But - sweet baby girls are so good that even sub-standard ones taste great! smiley I'll just let them ripen longer.

At this point, it's pretty obvious that yes, the LEDs are good enough to grow the plant, and good fruit, without side-lights. (I did use the white reflector.) But there's just no comparison to the yields I got with side-lights and CFLs last time – 125 cherries (~63 each on two plants) in 16 weeks. That's 3 weeks from now, and I don't see 60 fruit on this plant.

But they're good!

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Splitting this into two posts

Splitting this into two posts - so this is a week ago, at 12 weeks - ripening!

And yeah, it took less than a week for the plant to fill in the gap between flopped-over and the lights. This is a very floppy-vined, plastic, indeterminate tomato variety.

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Looks great. Those are going

Looks great. Those are going to be some tasty tomatoes!

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11 week tomato. It all fell

11 week tomato. It all fell over when I removed the lightscreen. I tied it back up, some, with some yarn. (Didn't have any knee-highs to cut up.) It just got top-heavy with fruit. Fine by me. It needed to compact down.

Still no sign of ripening. Nor really expected at age 11 weeks. Still haven't added side-light, because I've been busy. So we'll see what the on-board LED lights can do by themselves.

No idea where that particular spray of tomatoes ended up, from the previous photos.

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Photos for 9 week tomato.

Photos for 9 week tomato.

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8-week tomato, coming along.

8-week tomato, coming along. I actually did cut it back last week. Yeah, it doesn't show...

Eventually, this plant should get floppy. At the moment, the stems are sturdy and easily crack when I try to push the plant down.

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