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2013 Tomato Growing

Discussion in 'Edible Gardening' started by JWK, Dec 8, 2012.

  1. JWK

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    I think last years thread was a great success, with 1141 posts and over 33,000 views.

    So here we go for 2013, people are already ordering and thinking about starting off early sowings. Let's hope for a kinder season.

    Here's the list what our members intend to grow this year.
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    Growers  Variety
    14  Gardeners Delight
    10  Sungold F1
    8  Moneymaker
    7  Alicante
    6  Sungella
    5  Maskotka
    4  Angelina's Bulgarian Beauty
    4  Black Cherry
    4  Black Krim
    4  Ferline F1
    4  Rosada
    4  San Marzo
    4  Shirley
    3  Ailsa Craig
    3  Amish Paste
    3  Better Boy
    3  Big Zak
    3  Costoluto Fiorentino
    3  Delicious
    3  Early Goliath
    3  Gartenperle
    3  Koralik
    3  Marmande 
    3  Red Robin
    3  Tigerella
    2  Arnold F1 (rootstock)
    2  Austin's Yellow Pear Beams
    2  Beefmaster
    2  Black Russian
    2  Black Sea Man
    2  Brandywine Pink
    2  Brandywine Red
    2  Cuore Di Bue
    2  Floridity F1
    2  Golden Sunrise
    2  Harbinger
    2  Minibel
    2  New Girl F1
    2  Omar's Lebanese
    2  Roma
    2  Slovenian Black
    2  Sweet Million
    2  Tamina
    2  Tumbler
    1  Abe Lincoln
    1  Ace
    1  Amish Country
    1  Amish Salad
    1  Apero
    1  Arkansas Traveller
    1  Balconi
    1  Banana
    1  Bangladesh Oxheart
    1  Beckers
    1  Betimes Macbeth
    1  Big Beef
    1  Big Boy
    1  Big Orange Amuz
    1  Black Ethiopian
    1  Black Plum
    1  Black Prince
    1  Blond Kopfchen
    1  Blue Beech France
    1  Bordeaux
    1  Brandywine Black
    1  Brasero
    1  Bulgarian Triumph
    1  Burpee BigBoy
    1  Burpee Supersteak Hybrid
    1  Chocolate Cherry
    1  Cleopatra
    1  Country Taste
    1  Croatian
    1  Croatian Bullheart
    1  Dalmation
    1  Dr Carolyn
    1  Dutchman
    1  Elberta Girl
    1  Faworyt
    1  First In Field
    1  Galina's
    1  German Red Strawberry
    1  Giant Belgium
    1  Glory of Moldova
    1  Gold Medal
    1  Golden Pearl
    1  Hillbilly
    1  Irish
    1  Isis Candy
    1  Japanese Black Truffle
    1  Jaune Flamme
    1  John Hawkins
    1  Kellogs
    1  Kenilworth St George
    1  Kouchmovka
    1  Large Red Cherry
    1  Lemon Boy
    1  Liane Orange
    1  Lidi
    1  Lilac
    1  Lime Green Salad
    1  Little Sun
    1  Macedonian
    1  Madame Jardell's Black
    1  Marianna's Peace
    1  Monkey's Ass
    1  Monster
    1  Mortgage Lifter
    1  Moslovs Giant
    1  Mountain Pride F1
    1  Mrs Maxwells
    1  Napoli Cokking
    1  Northern Grape
    1  Old Brooks
    1  Orange Banana
    1  Orange Parouche F1
    1  Orange Plum
    1  Phil's Fantastic
    1  Pink Queen
    1  Principe Borghese
    1  Purple Calabash
    1  Raspberry
    1  Red Alert
    1  Red Cherry
    1  Red Zebra
    1  Rio Grande
    1  Sakura
    1  Serbian Village
    1  Siberian
    1  Siberian Pink
    1  Smurf
    1  Southern Night
    1  Stonor
    1  Stupice
    1  Suncherry Premium
    1  Super Marmande
    1  Sweet Olive
    1  Truffe Presco
    1  Ukranian Poet
    1  Valencia
    1  Vanessa
    1  Vilma
    1  Volgogadian
    1  Woodlands Giant
    1  Yellow Cherry
    1  Yellow Pear
    1  Yellow Stuffer
    1  Yellow/Red Streak
    
    List includes: alexmac, ARMANDII, Dan The Man, fat controller, Freddy, Hunterm8, Jenny, Jack McHammocklashing, JWK, Kristen, Landimad, liliana, lollimac, marmitesandwich, mowgley, Moyra, OxfordNick, Peorinthe, Penny in Ontario, Poolcue, Scrungee, Sheal, simbad, Steve R, sumbody, Valerian, Vince, wiseowl
    Edit 05/08/13 Added Sheal's Red Zebra
     
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    • Vince

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      Well said John, I'm going to hold back a few weeks before sowing next seasons seed as my later sown seed this year did much better than that sown earlier.

      I'll be growing, for general purpose:

      San Marzano
      Gardeners Delight
      Harbinger

      And on the heavyweight side:

      Big Boy
      Delicious
      Big Zac (if the promised seed arrives from the U.S.A)

      I might try a few other varieties as well. :snork:
       
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      • Kristen

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        I'd like to know what people are planning on growing please, as I want to try some new varieties.

        I asked this question earlier (in the "rate your tomato varieties" thread), but may be a good time to raise it again now?

        The varieties I have grown [all in greenhouse] for the last Umpteen years were Gardeners Delight, Sungold and Shirley, but I would hate you lot to call me a boring old <BlowRaspberryHere!> for not trying your favourite variety :blue thumb:
         
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        • Scrungee

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          That's exactly what I was thinking of earlier as something that could be useful. Perhaps one post could be devoted to a maintained list what varieties we're all growing?

          It could be in first post (volunteering JWK to update) or in a subsequent post but with a link in the first post so that another person could update the info which would be relatively easy to do.
           
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            Sungold seems to be popular, I grew it this year and to be honest I wasn't that impressed. I'll be growing two of my old faithfuls next year, Golden Pearl and Gardener's Delight, they've not failed me yet.

            Gardener's Delight
            Golden Pearl
            Tamina.........This is a 'potato' leaved variety I've not tried before.

            I also need to find some space for the following free seeds that came from Suttons with my order. Just one or two seeds per variety.

            Bloody Butcher, Christmas Grapes,
            Golden Cherry, Tanaki,
            Yellow Debut, Garden Peach,
            Red Zebra, Snowberry,
            Sultana, Tangella,
            Tigerella.
             
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              I'll be keeping my eye on this thread. The tomatoes which grew in my garden this year simply took up residence (with no invite! How rude!).

              I don't have a green house so I'll be looking for those that grow outside.
               
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                I joined a tomato seed circle on another forum and am expecting 40 different varieties to peruse through.
                One definite has to be Sungold and I have purchased Ferline for the blight ridden allotment.
                I am just hoping for a better growing year.
                 
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                • JWK

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                  Yes good idea, I'll add a link or insert the list in the first post so it's easy to find.

                  I'm not quite sure of the format though, it could turn into a really big post and be difficult to read or edit. Ideas please?
                   
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                  Sorry to say, but as I am the only person in this household to eat the fruit of the bush it has to be Shirley variety for me. Not to keen on others as they do not seem to do well for me.:cry3:
                   
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                    Just thinking out loud:

                    People post Variety (and if they particularly dislike it, otherwise its a "like")

                    Thread owner then maintains an alphabetic summary in the first post:

                    Variety-A +10 -2
                    Variety-B +3
                    Variety-C -7

                    i.e. "+10" is 10 people who like it, and "-2" is 2 people who dislike it.

                    Alternative would be:

                    Variety-A Kristen, JWK, Fred, Bill (Dislike: Tom, Harry)

                    but personally I don't see the need of knowing WHO likes it, just how MANY (following posts will tell me "who" if I want to ask them for clarification)
                     
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                      Or (sorry!!!) if you want to have some "levels" of liking a particular varietiy

                      Have 3 or 4 "levels" of liking it:

                      A : Love it, would grow it every year
                      B : OK, would probably grow again
                      C : OK, would probably never grow again
                      D : Would definitely never grow again (either didn't like taste, or just thought it was not good enough productivity)

                      and then aggregate the numbers:

                      NAME : A - B - C - D
                      Variety-A : 5 - 4 - 1 - 2
                      Variety-B : 1 - 2 - 0 - 0
                      Variety-C : 0 - 0 - 0 - 7
                       
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                        My source has come through with a bonus....

                        Additions to my list are:-

                        "Big Zac" (Already mentioned, I know, but now a definite)
                        "Best Boy"
                        "Early Goliath"

                        I'm gonna show the yanks how to grow tomatoes, I hope! :)
                         
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                          So far - I have:
                          Stupice - which is supposed to be cold hardy so Im going to start early inside
                          Ace & Gartenperle - both supposed to be bush type so will probably be outside

                          In the greenhouse:
                          Burpee BigBoy
                          Burpee Supersteak Hybrid
                          Brandywine Black
                          Alicante
                          Roma VF

                          + I have Tomatillo Gigante Verde, about which I know nothing !

                          Should be an interesting year if the weather is up to it
                           
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                            Quietly confident I'll grow the biggest tomato next year, yes, I'm cheating, what are foreign friends for? :)
                             
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                              I shall be growing:
                              Amish Paste, Austin's Yellow Pear Beams, Black Cherry, Black Krim, Delicious, Ferline F1, Floridity F1, Gardener's Delight, Golden Sunrise, Little Sun, New Girl F1, Rosada, Sungella and Sungold F1

                              I won't be sowing really early (i.e. mid Jan) like in previous years, all I managed were a few ripe fruit in June, it just wasn't worth the effort. My main sowing will be in Mid-March.

                              I will repeat my tomato grafting though. Last year I used Arnold F1 as a rootstock and had a good success with the few grafted plants I produced - they were bigger, healthier and produced more fruit.
                               
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