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What Tomato Verity Is This?



  • Could be marmande type.
    Pete.8 said:
    It has the look of a costoluto type of tomato, but there are many other possibilities.
    Whatever it is it will probably be tastier then moneymaker

    It could be either of the two. Thanks for the sugestions!

    I have grown money maker many times and I enjoy them. As well as another classic "gardeners delight". 

    I know this for sure... anything we grow tastes a thousand times better than the pale red, hard, unripe rubbish the sell wrapped in plastic at the supermarket!
    Gardener of a driveway pot garden - flowers one side, veg the other and a car in the middle. I am so looking forward to the day we can move into a house with a bigger garden.
  • I panted a few tomatoes from seed. The packet was money maker but I don't believe that they are! 

    They are bumpy and rather fleshy on the inside like a beef tomato, but they aren't big like a beef steak. Not really what I wanted, but never mind... 

    I am sure they will do okay in soups and pasta sauce etc. 

    Does anyone know what I have here?

    There must have been a mix up at the seed producers! 

    Why have you cut all the leaves off?

    I cut the leaves off every year when I am content with the growth I have. 

    As the weather is turning colder and wetter and I am growing outside I decided to cut them off in the hope of allowing more sun at them to ripen them. Also increased airflow allows them to dry off after rain and prevents issues such as blight. 

    I start off removing the ones on the lower trusses and when they start to ripen I remove more from higher trusses. I've also cut off the growing tips so they focus on what they have. I do this until, eventually, I decide to cut them all off. It's a gradual process which I started months ago. 

    In the past, when growing inside a greenhouse, I have left more leaves on. However I have still removed any big leaves shading bunches of tomatoes. In my experience it makes little difference, leaving a few or removing them all (if inside). 

    It seems to have worked and a few of them have started to blush in the last few days since I removed the last of the leaves. I'm no expert, this is just my observations. 
    But sun doesn't ripen tomatoes, sun on leaves ripens tomatoes through the production of ethylene.
    That aside I agree with your reasoning, are you actually having rain?
    If you're still learning I would advise growing at least 5 plants with leaves and 5 without at the same time to see what the difference is. Even then, one years weather is not the same as the next so we have to adapt.
    Blight aside and yes i'm a greenhouse grower, but i'm not a fan of removing leaves.
  • My partner, a very good chef, cut a few up and worked her magic on them. Bit of oil and herbs and stuff and we had them in a chicken and salad wrap. They were delicious.  :)
    Gardener of a driveway pot garden - flowers one side, veg the other and a car in the middle. I am so looking forward to the day we can move into a house with a bigger garden.
  • purplerallimpurplerallim Posts: 5,224
    I did the leaves versus no leaves two years ago, on two varieties of tomatoes ten plants in all. My observations were that the leaf removal produced a smaller plant, less resistant to disease, and a smaller crop. The plants with leaves I did remove the bottom leaves near the soil to help with watering,  but that was all until the very end of the season when light/ heat levels dropped in late September. The two were Alicante and sungold. 
    The only exception to this is the Roma variety as it is a bush, and gets very crowded so needs some leaf removal 
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