Tomatoes 2020

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Well, somebody had to start this one. ;)

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Cleota Pink, a potato-leaf indeterminate. Gave one to DD, and there was a 2-pound+ double that we ate last night... all have been at least 24 ounces. Three of these will be used for seed.

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Elfin. This is an OP version of the grape tomato - and it is determinate! All the branches terminate in huge flower clusters, There are very few leaves... perhaps the numerous green tomatoes double as foliage.
 

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WOW! I’m in admiration of that unbelievable gi-normous tomato! Beautiful and perfectly shaped too! My biggest has been a 1 1/2 pounder Cherokee Purple, I didn’t take a picture, we ate it. LOL

That tomato gives you bragging rights!! Where did you get seed? Is this a normal size for this variety or is it due to extraordinary TLC?

I haven’t raised huge tomatoes like that, but I’ve raised a lot of tomatoes. I have a 32’ double row of Cherokee Purple and a 16’ double row of Mortgage Lifter and German Johnson. I’m thinking next year I’ll drop the German Johnson.

So here’s pictures

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Well, somebody had to start this one. ;)

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Cleota Pink, a potato-leaf indeterminate. Gave one to DD, and there was a 2-pound+ double that we ate last night... all have been at least 24 ounces. Three of these will be used for seed.

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Elfin. This is an OP version of the grape tomato - and it is determinate! All the branches terminate in huge flower clusters, There are very few leaves... perhaps the numerous green tomatoes double as foliage.
instagator! :) no pictures today. the tomato patches here look pretty beaten up already. between tomato worms, disease progression and some animal feeding (besides us :) )... i will try to get pictures of the next picking. right now if i took pictures it would be of the jars of tomato juice i canned this morning. they look loverly. :)
 

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I got two ripe heirlooms before leaving last Wednesday for CO. DD's have been eating on a grape tomato plant and a cherry one that I potted for them, along with a basil friend for each. They harvested a great big bowl full 2 weeks ago, and seasoned with olive oil for a very nice treat!
All I have done is worked at tying up better. I will post on my thread later this month. I am using 2 levels of clothesline rope tied around the metal fencing posts I put up in May, and then tying together baling twine, I wove it in between the plants to help prop them up. This time of year they get HEAVY!
 

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That tomato gives you bragging rights!! Where did you get seed? Is this a normal size for this variety or is it due to extraordinary TLC?
That is a typical size for this variety... and it was grown in the least fertile part of the garden, in partial shade. There are still a couple dozen on the plants that should be similar in size. The original seed came from an SSE member in 2006, which I requested after viewing it during a previous visit to Heritage Farm. I selected it for overall vigor, good yield, large size, lack of cracking, and minimal blossom end deformity. Several of the big potato leaf varieties had similar traits, I grow one each year in rotation.

This may be one of the few tomato highlights this year, since I cut back the size of my gardens & reduced the number of varieties I will grow each year. The four varieties in my rural garden are several weeks behind due to weed pressure, and will yield far less than normal. Slankard's is a monster pink oxheart, I'm holding out hope that a few good ones may ripen before we run out of good weather.
 

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How deep does the cherry tomatoe roots grow ?

My friend gave me beautiful tomatoes. I was told some time ago I should not eat tomatoes but couldn't resist these and they did me no harm. So l've kept some seeds and dropped them on soil in my window. My greenhouse is still in a crises so cannot grow them there and hope to grow a few little plants on my windowsill. :)
 

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Cherry tomatoes or ANY tomatoes seem to operate like Bonsai trees, and can produce without a lot of roots. HOWEVER, you will run out of soil in a tiny pot. If they sprout in your windowsill they will spread out their roots.
Consider leaving a tomato that you picked, and next year there are volunteers from the seeds. If you leave them alone they will grow together in pretty much the same place, happily.
I planted DD's one cherry in a pot with 1 ft of soil, about 14 inches high, about 15 inches diameter, and it has a basil friend.
I also planted a grape tomato in a similar sized pot, again, with a basil friend.
Both are sharing the dirt. I encourage them to water them as often as they can remember, and you will need to do the same in a windowsill.
Many people dig deep holes, like me. Others plants more sideways, like this:
 
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How deep does the cherry tomatoe roots grow ?

My friend gave me beautiful tomatoes. I was told some time ago I should not eat tomatoes but couldn't resist these and they did me no harm. So l've kept some seeds and dropped them on soil in my window. My greenhouse is still in a crises so cannot grow them there and hope to grow a few little plants on my windowsill. :)
figure roughly the size of the plant above ground is balanced by the roots below. this is not absolutely true because of different soil conditions, but normally a reasonable first estimate.
 

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