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Tomato Lovers Group

A discussion group for all who love growing tomatoes to talk about what they are growing, share their experiences and progress and help each other troubleshoot

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skin splitting

Started by Colin Robinson Aug 23, 2017. 0 Replies

I'm currently harvesting my best ever tomato crop but noticed that many of the Golden Sunrise fruit are showing split skins. I've been picking them for a month or more and none showed this until a…Continue

Time to sow yet?

Started by mike wright Feb 19, 2017. 0 Replies

I'm geeting itchy fingers here, has anyone made a start yet?I have heated propogator so geeting germination will not be a problem, but the final stop will be in pots in unheatd conservatory so jsut…Continue

Tags: eraly, sowing, 2017

nice truss!

Started by Colin Robinson. Last reply by Trevor Alun Davies Aug 20, 2015. 1 Reply

This lovely truss weighed in at…Continue

What varieties are you growing this year?

Started by Rozzie. Last reply by Rozzie Apr 19, 2015. 2 Replies

I started off my tomatoes on January 4th this year as an experiment to see if I can get an earlier crop and avoid as many green tomatoes (or one that absorb so much rain they split open!)This year I…Continue

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Comment by Trevor Alun Davies on March 23, 2015 at 20:38

That's very early, do you have a heated greenhouse? Started my greenhouse toms off about a fortnight ago.

This year I'm growing Sungold ( of course ), Black Russian, Black Cherry, Saint Pierre, and Meraviglia Del Mercato. The last I've not grown before, my first sowing struggled a bit, so I've resown today.

Sowed my Outdoor toms today, Amateur, Primabella, primavera, Clou, and Green sausage.

Comment by Rozzie on March 23, 2015 at 21:31
No I've only been growing indoors thus far this year. Making good use of the boiler cupboard's cosiness to help with germination throughout the cold months and sunny windowsills. I need to pot on for the second time already! They are about 5-7 inches above the soil (in approx 6inch deep yoghurt pots). Running out of pots between them and everything else. I think this year I'll keep the health kick ones indoors so they can be accessed along with the kitchen windowsill herbs/chillis that reside in my sewing studio. The others I plan to put out into the greenhouse within the next few weeks.

Interesting varieties - I've never grown most of them. Will be interesting to hear more about them!
Comment by Trevor Alun Davies on March 23, 2015 at 22:02

Sorry Rozzie, didn't realize there was more to your first post.

Purple Calabash is a variety I plan to grow in the future, so will be interested to hear what you think of it.

Never tried purple toms, but the black ones, which I tried for the first time last year, I find particularly tasty, which is why I'm growing them again this year. Except for Sungold, which I grow every year by family demand, I change varieties constantly, so they have to be good to be grown for two consecutive years.

Sow many tomatoes, sow little time! ( Deliberate misspelling)

Comment by Mark Willis on March 24, 2015 at 6:39

Hello Rozzie, Trevor and anyone else!  I am a long-time tomato fan and I usually grow about a dozen varieties every year. my "staples" are Ferline, Maskotka and now Orkado. This year I am trying some of the allegedly blight-resistant varieties - Clou, Primabella and Primavera.

This year I sowed my tomato seeds on Sunday 22 March, so none of them are up yet.

Comment by Rozzie on March 24, 2015 at 7:03
It's nice we're all growing something new this year - keeps it interesting!! Looking forward to seeing the progress of everyone's seedlings.

I was thinking of trying 2 pruning methods with all but the trailing variety this year. I know typically you get cordons and bush varieties but it appears quite possible to prune one into the other. I've seen the keeping it short and wide to have excellent results for yield with the "Praxxus" method used by Ray Browning on YouTube. I figured why not try one of each to see how it affects yield. I can never just follow the actual instructions...
Comment by Mark Willis on March 24, 2015 at 7:15

Yes, I have seen stuff about the "Keep 'em low" method of pruning. Supposedly you get nearly as good a yield with only a fraction of the pfaff! I'm a traditionalist though, and I always feel that if I stop my tomatoes before they have produced at least 5 trusses then I have missed a trick! This year I am growing a few very big varieties and I know I will have to be ruthless with thinning them out. A small number of very big fruit will be better than lots of mediocre fruits.

Comment by Rozzie on March 24, 2015 at 7:35

Yes it's very tough to choose between more and larger sometimes! I'm terrible for thinning out, usually planting every side shoot i cut off.  I ended up with 58 tomato plants last year because of it.

In terms of the low growing method, the guy I referenced above once had an entire raised bed with just one tomato plant in it.  It had six strong side shoots which he had planted the stems of to allow more roots and essentially he ended up with the yield of six plants from one.  Not sure I have quite that much space to spare but I could certainly try a version of it and see what happens!

Comment by Mark Willis on March 26, 2015 at 18:46

The first of the tomato seeds I sowed on Sunday germinated last night. This one is "Gardener's Delight".

Comment by Trevor Alun Davies on March 26, 2015 at 19:55

Gosh, Rozzie, 58 plants, how much fruit do you get from all those plants! I thought I was a tomato nut, I pale into insignificance!

Comment by Rozzie on March 27, 2015 at 12:08
Not as many as I'd like!! (Had a lot of greenfly issues last year) Hoping that less plants will give me more time to focus on each one too and get a higher yield

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