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Gardener's Delight Tomato Seed Germination and Growing Thread

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  1. JWK

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    I searched the American tomato growing forums to see if any members have old seed and found out that Gardener's Delight is called "Sugar Lump" over there:

    Heirloom Tomato Seeds - 'Sugar Lump'
    "Also known as Gardener's Delight, this flavorful cherry tomato received the Award of Garden Merit from the Royal Horticultural Society for its excellence and high production both outdoors and in the greenhouse. Paul Tellhelm developed this tomato, and Ernst Benary Samenzucht of Hann Muenden, Germany introduced it in 1950. It was first called "Benary's Gartenfreude, Hochzucht", then later known as "Jung's Sugar Lump" when sold by Jung Quality Seed, Randolph, Wisconsin in 1960."

    I googled the German and American names and found a German supplier who says he maintains his own heritage line. I bought some last week and they arrived really quick and germinated even quicker.

    So I will grow a couple of these alongside the older plants to compare taste.

    What I have growing at the moment, they are all pretty small:
    2007 (from Scrungee) X 1 seedling
    2012 (from Scrungee) X 4 seedlings
    2018 (from Germany) X 10 seedlings
     
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    • silu

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      Interesting @JWK. I'll await your tasting results with interest. I know you like Sungold, think it's your favourite?, it certainly is mine so I'll know if you like any of the GD's you grow then I will if my sowings fail to materialise. My only slight complaint about Sungold is that the skins split easily. Apart from that I find them delicious and I have about 20 seedlings doing their best to grow bigger as I type!
       
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        That link describes them as "resistant to cracking". Excessive cracking was another reason I stopped growing Gardeners Delight.

        EDIT: That was with GD grown outside in open ground.
         
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        • JWK

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          Hi silu, yes Sungold are my favourite, but I eat them straight after picking, as you say the skins split.
           
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            I wonder if the breeders concentrated on improving "Resistance to cracking" but ignored the taste?
             
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              Here is the reply I got:
              The above reply was very fast, I have pestered them again but with no further responses.
               
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              21 Days after sowing and they're almost ready for 60mm pots. I want to get at least a couple of tomatoes to viable seed saving stage before peak blight season arrives (that's a pound coin for scale).

              GD plugs.jpg

              That problem tends to increase with old seed, another one is blind seedlings which never develop anything beyond the first seed leaves.
               
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                @Scrungee , those look beautiful little plants. May I ask if you have had them under lights or done anything special? Notwithstanding the green fingers of your good self of course! :)
                 
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                  I have a couple more 2007 @Scrungee seeds germinated making a grand total of three from 2007 . All my Gardener's Delight seedlings are small (NHS card for scale):
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                  From Left to right: 2018 Seed from ebay (Seekay) - 2018 Seed from Germany - 2012 Scrungee Seed - 2007 Scrungee Seed:
                   
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                  Under T5 lights 14 hrs/day ever since they germinated, keeping a constant watch for leaves turning blueish or scorching. The seedlings were buried to underside of seed leaves when pricking out (into 24x cell modules). They're now also getting some natural sunlight outside during this warm weather.
                   
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                    I have found a packet of 2007 GD seeds only four left in the foil packet
                    I know how to grow them but how do I keep them "pure" not pollinated by others in the GH ?

                    Wrap flowers in fleece until fruit appears ?

                    Jack McH
                     
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                    @Scrungee , thank you for the information. I love ‘gadgets’ so you have just given me some ideas for my next acquisition! :yes:
                     
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                      That's great you are going to give old ones a try too Jack.

                      Yes you have it right about keeping them pure as Scrungee explains here @Jack McHammocklashing

                       
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                        In size order left to right, date sown in brackets - 50p for scale - all Gardener's Delight:
                        2012 (31/Mar) : 2018 German (13/Apr) : 2018 SeeKay (6/Apr) : 2007 (13/Apr) : 2007 (13/Apr): 2007 (7/Apr)


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                        And as a comparison with another variety (Steak Sandwich) sown 11/Mar
                        Steak Sandwich has flowers just opening today.

                        My guess is that my Gardener's Delight will be ripening towards the end of August.
                         
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                        Mine's bigger than yours :biggrin:
                         
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