Tomatoes - some fruit not growing properly
New Allotmenteer Posts: 33
in Fruit & veg
A small percentage of my tomatoes don't seem to be growing properly - the fruits grow in a plain shape, with dull colour and a bad taste. Any clues why this might be?
This photo is of two tomatoes grown on the same truss (Coir de Bleu variety I think). The one on the left was lovely, the one on the right went in the bin. I have had the same issue on other plants and varieties this year, and a few last year.
How and where are they being grown.
The constant supply of water may be the problem - I find it better to grow tomatoes 'hard' allowing them to begin to wilt between waterings - I get well flavoured tomatoes with few problems (fingers crossed ).
And I grow mine in a form of hydroponics, in 10 inch pots of compost sat on trays of fish tank chippings, where the chippings are watered not the pot, ensures the plants are not over watered.
But I am intrigued by your saying the tomato had a bad taste. In what way?
Those two toms came off the same plant? Coir de Bue is an oxheart variety, the one on the left is pretty typical. The one on the right, from what I can see, isn't. Unless it has some ribbing on the shoulders (the underside in the photo), I think you might have had a crossed seed.
My system is similar to the old "Root Culture system", where tomatoes in pots were placed onto a bed of chippings, but was a nuisance digging out the soil in the glasshouse, my way when the tomatoes are gone I have usable space, to overwinter tender potted plants.
i'm growing 18 plants that are all like the one you threw away they are called Maranda and all the toms I got off last year where wonderfull, ugly but so tasteful and sweet ! I carn't wait roll on the sun and make em red.
sorry New A. got my right mixed up with your left the uglies have it in my book