Tomato taste test 2021

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  1. Hanglow

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    This year I grew

    San marzano redorta, both inside and out. Makes a very tasty passata. We suffered very little blight this year in Glasgow. Outdoor ones were still mainly green though, I wouldn't bother trying them again outside here, especially as we had a very good summer overall.
    Ailsa Craig, inside , tasty classic salad tomato, I'm sure many of you have grown this before.

    I also tried taking seeds from a fresh piccolo variety from the supermarket. I was unsure if it was an f1 and searching came up with conflicting answers, however after growing it I will say it is an f1. Mine ended up orange, not red like the supermarket ones, but it was extremely tasty and sweet. I pulled them well over a month ago and still have a lot ripening on the vine, they are extremely good keepers and look like they will keep fine for longer. The plant was very slender with slim leaves.

    Already planning next year, I got some aurora seeds from real seeds, I'll also grow sungold or honeycomb for cherry toms inside and maybe a blight resistant variety for outside.
     
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    • john558

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      I grew Alicante, Crystal & Shirley this year, no blight, taste ok, but all the Tomatoes were quite small, unlike other years. Would it help if I only let 3 or 4 flowers grow on each stem?
       
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      • JWK

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        Thinning does encourage bigger fruit but I think It was lack of sunshine causing your small fruit @john558. Were you growing them in a greenhouse?
         
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          I had some Toms growing in plastic houses & some outside, the crazy thing is that the ones outside were slightly larger.
          I agree we all suffered with the lack of sunshine.
          Roll on Spring.
           
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          • Glynne Williams

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            Just the two varieties, both ultimately grown outside, Y DdraigGoch (Welsh Dragon) and Crimson Crush. Seems both great taste (acc to head gardener, as I don't eat them raw!) Very easy growth, one cordon, one bush, and as with most of you, no Blight! Last of our crop eaten this weekend as bulk turned into Tom sauce for winter cooking.
            Have three rooted cuttings of each in heated conservatory, but will grow from seed (from Medwyn Williams) next year!
             
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              One of my Tomato cuttings is flowering away! Will be interesting ├żo see what happens though will not be potting them on till a next year! Day length should be stopping flowers according to my understanding!??
               
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                They are probably flowering triggered by low light levels it's a sign the plants are stressed. I'd remove the flowers as they will sap the plants energy.
                 
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                The cuttings I grew last winter made the flower stalks but the flowers didn't open.
                In the low light of winter they grew very leggy and it was cuttings of cuttings that I finally grew on during spring and summer.
                I must have topped them a couple of times.
                 
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                • Glynne Williams

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                  Thanks for your comments. Obviously I will be watching them. Sure you're correct about strength sapping. Leggy cuttings in the past (not tomatos) I've potted up deeper. Thanks again.
                   
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