Best flavour cherry tomatoes ?

My cherry tomatoes are now ripening - this year I've tried Tumbling Toms. So far I am a little disappointed with the flavour. I have been leaving them on the kitchen window-sill to make sure that they are ripe, but the flavour/juicyness isn't what I hoped. Am I doing something wrong or was it a bad choice ? I water every day and fertilise once/twice a week. I have tried several other varieties in the past, but as I grow in pots in the greenhouse and a lot of room is taken up by the other 'Legend' variety, the Tumbling Toms seemed to be a good idea. What are people's preferences for the best flavour cherry tom ??? Thank you



  • philippa smith2philippa smith2 Posts: 6,183

    Sungold is one of the best.

    You say you are leaving the fruit on the windowsill ?  Are you not letting them ripen on the plant at all ?

    Too much water always reduces the flavour IMO and you shouldn't need to be giving them a feed at the rate you say.  Once a fortnight if  even that.

    I grew Tumbling Toms last year for the first time and I admit I wasn't overly impressed but I think you should look again at your watering/feeding regime to get better results as to flavourimage

  • Thanks for the reply image I read on another website - 'Tomato Growing' (recommended on here last year, I think) that it was better to feed tomatoes at a reduced strength, but more often ! So that's what I have been doing image As for ripening, I am trying to pick them when they are red, but as they didn't taste as nice as I hoped I thought maybe they weren't ripe !

    I've grown Sungold in the past - maybe I'll go back to them next year.

  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener LeicsPosts: 6,492

    Suncherry Premium (F1) is an excellent red cherry - almost as sweet as the yellow Sungold which Philippa mentioned.  Those two always have a place here. image

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  • philippa smith2philippa smith2 Posts: 6,183

    Daisy........Black Cherry are also really well flavoured.......I find they are just a little bit later than Sungold but also slightly larger.....which makes the extra wait worthwhile.

    I don't know about the "Tomato Growing" website but reduced strength more often doesn't sound much use to me.  Could be wrong but if you are after flavour, then too much TLC often results in disappointment IMO.image

  • Pete8Pete8 Posts: 2,917

    If you're prepared to take a take a more scientific approach then feeding every day will work wonders if done properly. Little and often etc..

    I like to be fed more than once a week image

  • Magical MeerkatMagical Meerkat Posts: 241

    We've tried tumbling toms this year and they are watery, we've always grown gardeners delight and they are delicious. image

  • philippa smith2philippa smith2 Posts: 6,183

    Pete........that's a fair enough point.  I too like to be fed more than once a week but I wouldn't vouch for what I would taste likeimage

    If you can obtain the best flavour by not feeding and watering to excess, I'd think that would be the best way for most amateur growers.  With some plants, little and often is a good idea.....just that in my experience Toms don't require that to produce a good flavoursome crop.

    That's my opinion tho.............everyone does things differently.......that is what is so interesting (and frustrating ) about gardeningimage




  • Steve 309Steve 309 Posts: 2,754

    Black Cherry definitely worth a try.  Very vigorous, in g/h or outdoors and very tasty.

  • philippa smith2philippa smith2 Posts: 6,183


  • Thank you all for your replies image I'll have a look at the Black Cherry - and keep the Sungold as my reserve for next year image

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