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OK sorry sure it has been asked and answered previously but tired of Binging and searching so here goes.

What is the best beef tomato plant for growing in the NW of England? I was going to get some Brandywines but feeling that they will fail here. Growing in a unheated greenhouse.

I had a variety last year and while all produced fruit the yield was poor.


  • BLTBLT Posts: 525
    Well last year was the first time I grew those big Beef Tomatoes as it was a new greenhouse so went a bit made..  I grew the variety called Marmande. They were given to friends and some even grew them outside too and got huge crops..  So I am hoping for similar this year.. I am not in the NW I am in the south east.. Good luck as my seedlings are only an inchhigh currently lol.
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 82,737
    Growing large crops of beefsteak tomatoes in the north of the UK is always going to be a bit of a challenge due to the short growing season ... the big varieties need a longer season than the smaller ones.

    However, this earlier thread may be of some interest 
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  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Posts: 11,391
    I would consider some grafted tomatoes as they are more vigorous and will give you that head start you need in the north.  They aren't cheap but neither are F1 tomato seeds!  I was hesitant about using grafted plants but tried aubergines and melons last year and they did fantastically well compared to ones I had grown from seed, here in Emids.  I seem to remember Dobies have a quite a lot of them.
    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • derbyduckderbyduck Posts: 137
    hi i'm in north Derbyshire and have grown Marmande for 6yrs and i'm growing them in my green house and out side and they grow just as good out side ! but I only leave  3 trusses on them outside , atb DD
  • I am in Cornwall and last year tried a few plants of Marmande. I was rather disappointed in them, grown in  a double glazed conservatory. I learnt belatedly that they should be reduced to one tomato per truss and 4 trusses max. per plant to get the really big fruit.

    Am trying a couple of plants this year, will try to grow full sized beefsteaks instead of poor imitations.

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