Started by: TerryW (inactive)

Are there any tomato growers here, if so do you have a favourite variety that you stick to or do you grow a mix of varieties. Just looking for some ideas to try for a good yield of fruits.

Started: 7th Mar 2022 at 09:55

Posted by: PeterP (9411)

Are you growing them indoors/greenhouse or outdoors?

Replied: 7th Mar 2022 at 11:15

Posted by: Domin0 (328)

I don't grow Tomatoes now, but I only grew Gardeners Delight, quite small but very nice and with decent Summer they can be grown outdoors, buy a good brand of seeds though.

Replied: 7th Mar 2022 at 11:18

Posted by: whups (8532) 

i use to grow a lot of them . the best i grew was sungold & tigerella . if you want just a good yield then moneymaker is the best for that . the tigerella has dark stripes on them which turns golder when ripe , very good fruit .

Replied: 7th Mar 2022 at 11:27

Posted by: Billinge Biker (1441) 

I like mine Tinned... From Aldi.

Replied: 7th Mar 2022 at 11:34

Posted by: TerryW (inactive)

I want to try outdoor growing as I have made space for several plants.

Bloody tinned from Aldi... On yer bike you.

Thanks for the variety suggestions chaps and replies so far.

Replied: 7th Mar 2022 at 11:44

Posted by: ena malcup (1188) 

Ailsa Craig, now considered a heritage variety.

Considered best flavour by a fair consensus of growers.

Is not a hybrid, so you can collect and use seed in subsequent years in perpetuity. (So seed companies don't like this, though you can get from most of the large distributors.)

Also plants usually available from good nurseries over next six weeks or so.

Commercial growers don't like it: all the trusses don't ripen at once. Though that is to the advantage of the kitchen gardener.

Usually good to grow outside in UK. Does not do well though should we get a wet summer. Not very blight resistant. Ditto, blossom end rot.

Also consider the now very many varieties of cherry tomatoes grown as tumblers rather than cordons. Good allrounders, and usually good outdoors.

Replied: 7th Mar 2022 at 15:30

Posted by: Tommy Two Stroke (9751)

Tomatoes, normally give me an attack of Gout

Replied: 7th Mar 2022 at 15:49

Posted by: ena malcup (1188) 

Replied: 7th Mar 2022 at 15:55

Posted by: tomplum (9190) 

Toms are grown in my greenhouse every year, I grow some from seed, So if you like a particular tomato , take a few seeds out of the tomato and plant it and it will grow, alternatively , you can buy seeds or plants or plug plants,

monday explanation on plug plants

Replied: 7th Mar 2022 at 16:04

Posted by: ena malcup (1188) 

There is a review of
Ailsa Craig here, and also there is a drop down box, so you can read their reviews of other varieties of tomato.

Replied: 7th Mar 2022 at 16:32
Last edited by ena malcup: 7th Mar 2022 at 16:35:34

Posted by: Pewfall (273) 

wiv a south facing upstairs windowsill i've been growing 'tiny tim' dwarf indoors all winter. No pruning, tallest is 17 inches, size like cherry tomatoes, self pollinating but i do giv flowers a quick shake. £1.79 off fleabay. I've got another 40+ seedlings now from the toms i grew. pass my house in a few weeks there'll be loads 2 take 4 free.

Replied: 7th Mar 2022 at 21:43

Posted by: Tommy Two Stroke (9751)


Wots wit, t'silly spellin

Replied: 7th Mar 2022 at 21:50

Posted by: Pewfall (273) 

am listenin 2 rap musik tommy

Replied: 7th Mar 2022 at 21:57

Posted by: Tommy Two Stroke (9751)

Replied: 7th Mar 2022 at 22:12

Posted by: momac (12023) 

I usually grow Gardeners Delight along with cucumbers,but my greenhouse has a leak and I've tried everything to seal it so not sure about this years growth,but will keep on trying to fix it ..I'm not giving up,there's a great satisfaction and growing your own.

Replied: 7th Mar 2022 at 22:29

Posted by: tomplum (9190) 

Like Momac says, there is great satisfaction and, you simply cannot buy
a better tasting tomato as one plucked of the greenhouse vine, MMMMmm

Replied: 8th Mar 2022 at 08:32

Posted by: fossil (7326)

One of my old workmates used to grow tomatoes in pots on the office window sill.
I don't know which variety he grew but he used to put a teaspoon of treacle in the water he fed them with.
They tasted very nice as well!

Replied: 8th Mar 2022 at 08:45

Posted by: Platty (1382)

Tom: do you grom plum tomatoes?

Replied: 8th Mar 2022 at 12:20

Posted by: tomplum (9190) 

of course I do and some times I put my hat on

Replied: 8th Mar 2022 at 12:39

Posted by: TerryW (inactive)

Some good advice and tips here folks and I'm taking them all in, many thanks.

Replied: 8th Mar 2022 at 12:59

Posted by: basil brush (18319)

I'm with BB on this.

Replied: 8th Mar 2022 at 13:19


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