The more advanced tomatoes already were past the top of the protective plastic with flowers starting to form. I noticed the lower parts of the plant were a lighter green due to the lesser amount of light getting in through the green plastic but no other signs or changes.
I have been on away for a week and some of the plants had dehydrated, fallen over and started to droop a little but bounced back quickly with a water.
The experimental orange cherry tomatoes which 1 had a plastic protection and the other without look exactly the same to me with no signs of benefit either way. Both have similar growth and flowers forming.
I was surprised to see fruit on 4 plants this afternoon while checking on the tomatoes. The stress of the wilt has quickened the production of the fruit on some of the larger plants. Although still small the fruit is also larger in size than I expected for only a few days growth since watering, I will have to keep a more vigilant eye out for wilting leaves with the fruit now forming and go from watering seasol and wormjuice fornighty to weekly.
The potted vines seem long and sparse of leaves compared the the tomato plants in the vegetable garden which have extremely thick stems and large lush green leaves but no fruit.
So far there has been no pest damage to the tomatoes I have only noticed fungas gnats sticking along the hairy stems.
The lower leaves have started to yellow even though I have not watered the leaves, I will add a little epsoms salts (magnesium sulpahte) to my next watering of seasol to stop any further yellowing of the leaves just in case.... Around 1 teaspoon to a 9 litre watering can should be plenty.
Next week I will be under pruning to up to 30cm to prevent any fungal diseases. Also time to start tying the vines, I like to use a figure 8 to tie them with I find it's not too tight and it helps stop snaping and leaves plenty of movement.. I will also tip prune some of the vines to encorage bushier plants and control the top weight and size as they are in pots and if they are too top heavy they will blow over easily in the wind.
I will keep you posted!