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Thought it might be good to have a thread to compare notes on tomato varieties. What you’ve grown, which ones were good, any tips, pit falls etc..

My attempts his year were (left to right) Black Russians, Alicante, money maker, Roma and tumbling toms. All grown outside (I don’t have a green house).

The Black Russians have been pretty good. Definitely the tastiest variety I’ve grown. They ranged from medium sized to one monster (see below). Decent crop, really tasty. They had quite a bit of cat facing and green shoulders (apparently that’s pretty normal for this variety and a few have split with the recent rain but I’d definitely grow then again.

The alicante and money maker are hard to tell apart. Both really easy to grow, medium, red cordon varieties. Both have produced loads of tomatoes and they’ve been disease free. They taste ok but nothing to write home about.

The Roma have struggled. Lots of blossom end rot. I believe Roma are often bush tomatoes but my ones were cordon. The few toms that have ripened without BER have been very sweet & tasty, but I won’t have many this year.

Tumbling Toms have been pretty good. I grew red and yellow ones in hanging bags. It’s been hard work keeping them watered in the hot weather. They started to ripen  pretty early but they’re still producing. Nice tasting toms, but quite tough skins (I’m guessing due to the heat).

I’d love to hear what varieties everyone else is growing. I’d been keen to try some different varieties, next year.



  • LynLyn Posts: 23,047
    I grow Roma every year, this year they are as good as ever, just ripening up now.
    I will always grow a couple of Jersey Devils, huge tomato with no core or pips I love them on toast and good for cooking.
    I won’t grow Sweet Million again, I said that this year and grew them again, but there are far too many.  Didn’t like Green Zebra taste very much. 
    Don’t know what to grow next year, I’ll look out for suggestions. 

    What I definitely won’t be doing is growing 5 of each variety! 
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • Fif2Fif2 Posts: 69
    I'm growing Black Krim, San Marzano and Black Cherry - I grow these every year, Pink Bumblebee and Druzba (2nd year for these two).  Pink Bumblebee is a smaller cherry  than the Black Cherry.  Druzba is a Bulgarian heirloom red tomato, smaller than the Black Krim, is juicy and takes great.  The name Druzba means 'friendship' in Bulgarian.

  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 34,710
    Sungold is my FAVE again this year. 
    Is it wrong to stop growing Roma just because it's so untidy? How did it fare as a cordon?
  • Womble54Womble54 Posts: 348
    Hostafan1 said:
    How did it fare as a cordon?
    The plant looked healthy and a nice tidy cordon. I pinched it out after the 5th truss. But I’ve lost over half of the toms to BER.
  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 34,710
    Mine are all in a polytunnel. Maybe i'll cordon a Roma next year. I've still got lots of seed.
  • NollieNollie Posts: 7,472
    I normally grow Gardeners’s Delight, Sungold and Lylia Cerisette which are all tasty. I’m lucky that the local markets sell lovely bigger toms so don’t bother with those. This year my first toms failed, variety of weather reasons, so I ended up buying generic cherry, baby plum and yellow varieties of both little plants. The red cherry is actually pretty good and I was chuffed to get any after they all got a leaf virus of some sort.
    Mountainous Northern Catalunya, Spain. Hot summers, cold winters.
  • AuntyRachAuntyRach Posts: 5,149
    I have Cherry Red, Outdoor Girl and Marmandes. The cherry (tumbling) ones don’t look great in terms of foliage and haven’t produced that many really, but the others are looking ok - all outside so fingers crossed the wet and wind this weekend doesn’t make them unhappy. 
    My garden and I live in South Wales. 
  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 29,820
    New garden, new soil, new climate so bought lots of different varieties to try and every single one has triffid tendencies so I can't see the labels to know which is which but no duffers so far.   Next year I shall restrict us to one of each and fewer varieties but they include small, medium and large red, orange, yellow, green and purple ones.
    Vendée - 20kms from Atlantic coast.
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 29,820
    Found some of them - Green Zebra, Big Yellow Zebra, Joyau d'Oaxaca, Miel du Mexique, Coeur de Boeuf, Gregori ALtaï, Cherokee Chocolate, Black Ethiopian, Brandywine Noire and Valencia.   Plus San Marzano I sowed myself...
    Vendée - 20kms from Atlantic coast.
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • LynLyn Posts: 23,047
    I grew San Marzano last year. 
    I cant imagine Roma as a cordon. 
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

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