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JemulaJemula Posts: 185
edited August 2022 in Fruit & veg
I'm growing some Veranda Red outside this year and chose this variety because it was described as compact and sweet.  They are compact but seem just tasteless to me, neither sweet nor tart. Does anyone have a recommendation for a sweet tasting Bush variety similar to the taste of Sungold please?

Edited to add that they are growing in pots.


  • Pete.8Pete.8 Posts: 10,963
    It's not a variety I've tried. I don't generally grow bush types.
    But I did grow Maskotka a few years ago and was surprised that they tasted so good.
    It would be ideal to grow in a large pot.
    I have grown Sungold a few times, and they are very sweet, but I don't find they have much actual flavour.

    Billericay - Essex

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  • LynLyn Posts: 22,884
    edited August 2022
    I’ve got Maskotka as well,  lovely tomatoes and so many of them! 
    Also got Tumbling Tom but whilst producing lots,  they’re not that tasty. 
    Maskotka will be my chosen one for next year. 
    Added  to say,  I have had to stake the plant. 
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • GlenjjonesGlenjjones Posts: 141
    When it comes to tomatoes I'm no expert but I have grown "cherry" types a few times and a few years ago I left them to "bush" out (i didnt bother removing side shoots), i found contrary to the common belief the harvest was no different to the usual, so now i just don't bother to take the side shoots off my "cherry" type tomatoes and just let them grow as they see fit. Much less maintenance. :smiley:
  • I'm also growing Maskotka this year after seeing them recommended on the forum, and the flavour and yield are much better than I was anticipating. I've also had to stake mine. I chose Maskotka as I wanted an easy bush variety for my mum so that she wouldn't have to worry about pinching and tying in. She apparently didn't get around to repotting and so her plant is still in the pot I gave it to her in, which was probably no more than 4l. I haven't seen the size of the plant, but she's very happy with her harvest. I'll definitely be growing them again next year.
    Sussex coast
  • JemulaJemula Posts: 185
    Brilliant - thanks everyone.  I'll definitely choose Maskotka next year.
  • purplerallimpurplerallim Posts: 5,112
    Just as a footnote @Jemula I have grown Sunchocola cherry for two years, the husband says they are better tasting than Sungold ( which I like) but he does like tomatoes more than I, and the quantities of fruit are good.
  • JemulaJemula Posts: 185
    Thanks @purplerallim.  That sounds tempting but I don't think they are a bush variety.  Perhaps I'll try and squeeze one in to try along with the Maskotka.
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