TOMATO GROWING THREAD 2020

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  1. ARMANDII

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    New thread here.
     
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    • RobB

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      A list of my intended sowings this year. I normally do around 35 plants but this year I'm doing about half(he says).

      Peach Blow Suttons, the star of the show I hope!
      Stonors Exhibition
      First in Field
      Britains Breakfast
      Tangella
      Ailsa Craig, really missed this last year.
      Golden Sunrise
      A mini plum that sprang up the year before last in a pot and was cute, no idea what it is.
      Red Robin
      This is of course very flexible with additions.
      I won't sow until the end February at the earliest although a drive to Portugal for a month may hinder all my plans.
      Rob
       
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        I'll put money on it that you do more..:biggrin:
         
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          Seeds are ready to go ........:tomato:

          Sungold(obviously)
          Glacier
          Gigantomo
          GoldenPearl
          Terenzo
          And the sweet peppers go into the propagator tomorrow.
           
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          • Perki

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            I grow 4 variety's each year this year I'll be growing

            Sungold
            Suncherry Premium ( favourite )
            Mexico Midget (New )
            Indigo rose ( black tomatoes - New )
             
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              Hi all.

              I am a complete newbie. I have an 8 x 6 greenhouse and I think I am going to put in grow trays with air pots and aqua valve.
              What variety should I grow for ease and yield for the first time? I prefer a larger tomato rather than a cherry.
              Any advice will be gratefully received.
              Thank you

              D
               
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                @Davidwd I would grow several different vareties. This year I'm planning on sowing Sungold (cherry) need something to eat when in the greenhouse, Ailsa Craig (easy, "tomato" sized ), Black Russian (large tasty dark skinned), Golden Sunrise (Yellow skinned tomato sized does well for me), San Marzano (Italian plum for sauces etc), Montecarlo Ibrido (Large red and Italian (new)) and finally Orange Wellington F1 (new for me; Orange Beefsteak).
                I'll sow these end of Feb - early March dependent on mood.
                 
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                  Hi @Davidwd I agree with NigelJ - grow different varieties. It spreads the risk as each season varies some of my varieties do well and others suffer. Also pick one or two with blight resistance, last year it finished off my crop at the end of August but my blight resistant varieties soldiered on. In an 8X6 don't pack in too many, 6 at the most leaving room for a couple of cucumbers (assuming you like them).

                  I recommend "Oh Happy Days" for a large fruited traditional tomato. It is also blight resistant. I would definitely grow Sungold as in my opinion it is the tastiest and most reliable tomato available.

                  See here for my verdict last year:
                  The Tomato Growing Thread 2019
                   
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                    Hi David, welcome to Gardeners Corner and becoming a member of the GC Gang.
                    The very people who I was thinking of that could give you could advice arrived before I could..........just shows you what great people are in GC:love30::thumbsup:
                     
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                      Brilliant, thank you for all your help. i will update you all as the season progresses.
                      Thank you
                      D
                       
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                        Big Zac (got to really as we have a Dalmatian called Zak)
                        San Marzano
                        Manx Marvel
                        Gardenener's Delight (if I can coax the already germinated saved seed)

                        and probably, a few as yet, unspecified varieties!
                         
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                          Hello I am going to try these this year have sent off for the seeds:smile:

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                            totally agree with you about Oh Happy Day. Amazing tomatoes and a huge crop.
                            I’m growing. Crimson crush (my go to tomato for outdoors)
                            Oh Happy Day
                            Cocktail Crush
                            Nagina Plum. All these are blight resistant and I bought them from Pennard plants.
                            I’m also doing ananas noire in the greenhouse.
                            Not going to start the seeds until March.
                             
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                              I agree with Sungold , however I found Ailsa craig to be a great plant for producing loads of good sized fruit but mine were tasteless, I have grown them from several different seed sources but all were the same a really good looking firm tomato but tasteless so I will not grow them again.
                              I will be growing this year
                              Gardeners delight (Courtesy of JWK) 2005 and 2012 strains
                              Sungold
                              Sun cherry
                              Jaune Flamme
                              Kllogs breakfast
                              Shirley
                              Steak sandwich
                              Tigrella
                               
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                                Has anyone noticed that seed grown one season tastes slightly different to the next season when using the seed from the same packet. Eg: Shirley, second season this tasted better than the first, again using seed from the same packet.
                                Ok it may be I was feeding more one season to the next.
                                 
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