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Final Tomato crop numbers, might be a help in selection?

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TUVOK
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I've just harvested the final tomato fruits for this year.

I grew five different variety's all in similar pots and all had the same feed and watering etc.

Tumbler - 290
Totem -123
Gardiners delight - 192
'A Yellow small variety' - 226
Shirly - 64

Tumbler started fruiting earlier than all the others and was by far the best.
fantastic crop for a £1-20p plant

Hope you all had a good bumper year too.
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  • RAS
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    Hi, what's the metric, number of fruit, kilos etc?
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  • droopsnoot
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    I've had eight or nine "Gardener's Delight" plants here, and I think my tomato numbers are in the low teens. There are still some on the plants, though, which are ripening very slowly.
  • twopenny
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    It's a heck of a long time since i decided to count. I just eat them while gardening or make salsa to freeze.
    It's been a terrible year though with temps in 40/50s then rain that split them.

    A sunny autumn though has seen them grow and fruit out of season so I'm still picking.

    The small yellow has done the best though through everything the weather has thrown at it. Sunburst or something

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  • Farway
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    twopenny said:
    It's a heck of a long time since i decided to count. I just eat them while gardening or make salsa to freeze.
    It's been a terrible year though with temps in 40/50s then rain that split them.

    A sunny autumn though has seen them grow and fruit out of season so I'm still picking.

    The small yellow has done the best though through everything the weather has thrown at it. Sunburst or something
    Could it be Sungold? I have that growing outside, and it's a doer, mine is just growing untrained but still fruiting away, splits and all

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  • TUVOK
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    RAS said:
    Hi, what's the metric, number of fruit, kilos etc?
    I have not weighed them, just counted the number fruit picked,
    As quoted 'Tumbler ' superb!
  • twopenny
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    Yes Farway, Sungold. The label has been lost in the mass of growth still producing ripe toms.
    I'll be getting that again if possible.
    Tuvok does Tumbler have to be grown in a hanging basket? That could be useful to move to a more sheltered spot in winter and keep the ripening going.

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  • Silvertabby
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    I grow my toms in a greenhouse and have never thought to count the fruits!  This year I grew  'Crimson Cherry' and 'Aviditas'.  As I only have room for 4 toms, I bought these (2 of each) as grafted plants as an experiment.  Have already ordered next years plants, as they did so well - healthy plants, and 'split' fruits were in single figures.  Both were equally delicious, and many went straight into my mouth as 'gardeners treats' when I was pottering around.

    Before I retired I used to take spare seedlings - flowers as well as toms - into work for my colleagues.  One lady decided to try a tomato, and wrote down my very clear care instructions.  A few weeks later, she said that her plant was really healthy, but she hadn't had a single tomato.  I asked her tell me exactly what she done, and she insisted that she had done everything I told her and more.... watered, fed, staked, dead-headed.......Oops, perhaps my clear instructions weren't as clear as I thought!


  • TUVOK
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    twopenny said:
    Yes Farway, Sungold. The label has been lost in the mass of growth still producing ripe toms.
    I'll be getting that again if possible.
    Tuvok does Tumbler have to be grown in a hanging basket? That could be useful to move to a more sheltered spot in winter and keep the ripening going.
    No it does not, I grew all mine in relatively small pots and just supported any 'drooping' stems with canes and strings to support them. No problems at all.
  • TUVOK
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    Just a update on 'Tumbler' as the season comes to a end for outdoor tomato's.
    I've grown two Tumbler plants in relatively small pots and have currently picked just over 500 fruits with about 50 still to pick.
    No disease, lovely flavour, can't recommend it too highly. 
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    But the important question would be which taste best...?
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