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Has anyone had problems with the free tomato Roma seeds which came in this years GW not having many trusses on them, mine are not producing many at all they are in a cold greenhouse,  window and door open, I shall be lucky if I get a couple Kg off ten plants. The ones I planted outside have plenty of trusses with flowers I am hoping that I will get some tomatoes fingers crossed.


  • LynLyn Posts: 22,859
    edited July 2022
    You have Roma outside?   I have to keep all of mine in the GH,  hopeless outside.
    Roma, being Italian  needs to be warm,  or so I thought. 

    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • My 5 plants are planted in separate Oaseboxes in the greenhouse and overnight turn into triffids! There are lots of green fruits on each plant, the first 2 appearing on 8 June yet none show signs of turning red. I've been fertilising every Friday and wonder if I'm being too impatient or doing something wrong!
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 86,053
    I Fiona have a greenhouse and did some Googling and found this

    so mine are planted outside and are growing well and the first trusses are forming … I’ll start feeding this week.  

    My understanding is that Roma, being a variety bed for cooking, canning and bottling, tends to ripen all the trusses together … so I won’t expect to see them ripening yet. 

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • I hadn't thought about collective ripening, thanks for that. A strange variety to send out if they can't be picked on a daily basis!
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 86,053
    edited July 2022
    I’m growing three different varieties … to have one suitable for cooking and freezing suits me very well … I tried a different variety of paste tomatoes last year and lost them all to blight 😭  … so I’m hoping that the Roma are as resistant as they say

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • purplerallimpurplerallim Posts: 5,099
    I have been growing Roma for three years now, always in the greenhouse,  as the one I tried outside did poorly. This year as usual they are taking over ( yes triffids) and producing lots of fruit, but wouldn't expect them to start ripening till mid August.  Mind you as the other toms, Chocolata cherry and Golden sunrise cherry are about two weeks early, and Tigerella are just turning, the season is well ahead of itself. Don't even ask about the mini cucumbers, have picked 30 already! 🤣
  • Thanks everyone, as the saying goes, "patience is a virtue" :)
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