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  • granmagranma Posts: 1,929

    For the first year ever I bought tomato plants from jersy rather than my own seed . I bought 6 plants and ended up with 30 odd plants  by planting on the bits I remove from the leaf axels . (Cordon ) They are sweet  , a lovely tomato and were ready 10 weeks after planting in pots I have been picking tomatoes from end of June . I shall do the same next year 

  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 54,358

    Which variety were they lucky?

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • Italophile - sorry for delay but I'm also not getting notified of replies to my posts/comments so I need to check this out.

    Its the suckers I've allowed to grow??? I've been told they are side shoots???


  • ItalophileItalophile Posts: 1,731

    Granny, the email notifications seem to come in fits and starts.

    Suckers, side shoots, same things, different names. There's nothing wrong with letting a couple of them grow. I just wasn't clear how many actual branches you had growing off your main stem.

  • TootlesTootles Posts: 1,469

    I find that outdoor tomatoes tend to have tougher skins than greenhouse ones but outdoor ones often taste a bit better than greenhouse ones.

    One thing I have learnt this year, from reading advice on this forum, is that I haven't been watering as religiously as in previous years and as a result none of my tomatoes have suffered from split skins, yippppeee!! 

  • ItalophileItalophile Posts: 1,731

    NG, Shirley is a hybrid variety. Hybrids are bred to produce the same tomato season after season. More likely that there are cultural factors - temperatures, etc.

    Tootles - yes, excessive moisture is one of the major causes of splitting. You see it a lot after periods of intense rain. The extra moisture causes the fruit to swell and the skins can't handle the expansion.

  • dch222dch222 Posts: 5






  • Annie75Annie75 Posts: 2
    dch222 says:

    I have been growing tomatoes successfully for about 30 years both in the greenhouse and outdoors, always directly in the ground rather than in pots or grow-bags. I never take much notice of which variety I buy and have always obtained really tasty fruit. Sometimes I buy plants and sometimes I grow from seed. 

     I recently moved house and now only have a tiny greenhouse frame thing which only has room for a single grow-bag, so this year I planted three garden-centre plants in a grow-bag and another three outside in pots of 50% compost 50% earth. Again I can’t remember the variety, but I have just picked the first fruit and find that they are thick skinned and tasteless.

    They have been well fed with Tomorite and watered throughout – grow-bags seem to need watering twice daily in the hot weather. 

    Any ideas please?

    See original post


  • Annie75Annie75 Posts: 2
    Welshonion says:

    In my opinion it is all down to variety, because home-grown tomatoes usually beat supermarket tomatoes hands down.

    See original post


  • dch222dch222 Posts: 5

    But that's just the point.

    Before in my previous location it didn't matter what variety I chose - they all tasted great.

    Now, in the 3 years since I posted this, all varieties have been thick skinned and tasteless except Sungold which is a miniature orange tomato, so I will stick with that.

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