All for show

The record for the largest tomato was set in 1986 by Gordon Graham of Oklahoma, for a 'Delicious' weighing 7lb 12oz (3.51kg). Record-breaking or just for fun, showing tomatoes can be very satisfying. Usually, shows run by national organizations have traditional classes, but a local show may have a class for the ugliest or heaviest vegetable. Classes for 6-8 fruits require tomatoes of uniform size and color, with intact, fresh, green calyces. Good soil preparation is important work in plenty of...

Pollination

For a tomato plant to form a fruit, the stigma, or female part of a flower, must be fertilized by viable pollen. This will occur naturally with assistance from insects and wind, but you can help too Cultivated tomato plants are self-fertile they can fertilize flowers with their own pollen. When the flower opens, pollen falls from the anthers, or male parts of the flower, onto the stigma. If the atmosphere is too dry, pollen will not stick to the stigma in very wet conditions, pollen is not...

Toughening up

Young tomato plants may be planted outside once all danger of frost has passed, but those started off in a protected environment will need a transition period to get them used to the conditions outdoors. Hardening off is the process of allowing young plants to adapt to the wind, sunlight, and fluctuating temperatures outdoors. Put the plants outdoors for an hour on the first day, two hours on the next, and work up to five or six hours. Avoid exposing them to full sun or wind. Once plants are...

Planting

Plant tomato plants into soil beds or containers when they are 6-12in (15-30cm) tall, with well-developed, healthy rootballs. Moist (not soggy) rootballs slip out of pots more easily. When planting in outdoor beds, use an appropriate support system try wire cages for bushes and wooden stakes for cordons. Dwarf plants don't need a support. Choose an overcast, still day to reduce stress to the plant from sun and wind and plant in a sheltered spot, such as against a sunny wall or downwind of a...

Hillbilly Potato Leaf

Hillbilly Potato Leaf Tomato

3 Heirloom, 85 days A late-season gourmet variety from Ohio. The potato-leafed plants are particularly vigorous. Characteristics The sweet fruits ripen to a mottled-golden color streaked with red, and can reach around 2.2lb 1kg . How to enjoy The well-flavored fruits are best served fresh in thick slices. 3 Heirloom, 85 days Huge plants produce equally impressive fruits of this popular French variety. In wet summers, grow under cover, as they can be particularly susceptible to foliage diseases...

Green Sausage

Growing Green Sausage Tomato

V Heirloom, 65 days Originally raised in the US by Thomas P. Wagner, who called it 'Greensleeves,' this variety was introduced commercially in 1998 by Kees Sahin of Sahin Zaden in The Netherlands. Characteristics Elongated sausage-shaped fruits that are often curved like a banana. How to enjoy With its distinctive appearance and taste, this is a tomato to savor fresh. Yellowish fruits with vivid green stripes Yellowish fruits with vivid green stripes

Pests and diseases

Healthy plants are better able to cope with pests and diseases and produce good crops, so it is important to identify and control any problems. The first step is to use good cultivation techniques. Most modern F1 hybrid tomato plants are relatively disease resistant, as commercial plant breeders work to improve resistance to a number of fungal and other pathogens. Verticillium and fusarium wilts, for example, are soil-borne diseases that cause yellowing of the leaves, wilting, and premature...

Where should I grow my tomatoes

Hanging Plants Outdoor Kitchens

Tomatoes are very adaptable plants and most will grow well in containers, in the ground, as well as under cover. Choose a site where you can appreciate the plants when they come into their full bloom. Growing tomatoes in pots means they are easy to transport, so you can position them where you like. They prefer a warm, sunny, sheltered position where they will have protection from excessive wind and rain. Large plants may become too top-heavy for the pot or exhaust the water and nutrient supply...

Cornue des Andes

3 0 Heirloom, 78 days Collected in the Andes by a French seed collector, other names for this variety include 'Des Andes,' 'Andine Cornue,' and 'Poivron des Andes.' Plants can be prone to mildew. Characteristics Elongated plum-, pimento-, or horn-shaped red fruits with pointed tips. How to enjoy Their strong flavor is excellent in chutneys and ketchups.

A tomato for every climate

Because tomatoes originated in the coastal highlands of South America, they are not well adapted to extremes of temperature. However, some plants are more suited to some climates than others. Choosing appropriate tomato plants for your environment will give you a better chance of a successful crop. No tomato plants are able to survive frost, but there are a large number that have been developed to be able to crop successfully in cooler climates. However, if you have your heart set on growing a...

How To Grow Amoroso Tomatoes

'Ailsa Craig' 32, 82 'Aker's West Virginia' 62 'Alaskan Fancy' 13, 66, 80 'Alicante' 24 'Amana Orange' 57 'The Amateur' 27 'Amish Paste' 81 'Amoroso' 50 'Ananas Noir' 13, 55 angora leaves 12 'Apero' 73 Green' 53 'Aviro' 15, 66, 80 avocados avocado, tomato, and lime salad 180 bacterial leaf spot 117 baked beans 166 'Balconi Red' 44, 82 'Balconi Yellow' 44 basil and Parmesan stuffed tomatoes 162 beans, baked 166 beef ragu bolognese 163 slow-cooked beef cheeks with braised vegetables 167 beef...

Crop rotation

Year Crop Rotations

If you grow tomatoes as part of a larger vegetable plot, you might want to include them in a crop rotation plan, along with the other vegetable crops, to protect them from pests and diseases. Growing the same crops year after year in the same soil can lead to a build-up of soil-borne pests and diseases. If you rotate annual crops around the garden so that they are not grown in the same area again for at least three years, you should avoid such a build-up. Closely related vegetables from the...

Get grafting

Grafting is a way of joining two plants together so that they benefit from each other's strengths. It is fairly simple to carry out and is ideal if a particular tomato plant does not usually grow well for you. Grafting allows a tomato variety to take on advantageous qualities of another tomato plant, usually a more robust species or variety. By grafting your chosen variety onto a rootstock, it is possible to promote growth, increase fruit quality and yield, and confer other benefits such as...

Gardeners Delight

The best known of all tomatoes, 'Gardener's Delight,' or 'Sugar Lump,' is of German origin, bred by Paul Tellhelm, and introduced in 1950. The plant is a reliable producer. Characteristics Perfect red cherry tomatoes weighing around loz 25g with an excellent traditional tomato flavor. How to enjoy Eat handfuls as a healthy snack. 3 Hybrid, 75 days One of the Del series raised by Lewis Derby of the Glasshouse Crops Research Institute in England. Bred from 'Gardener's Delight' opposite , others...

Sungold

Yellow Cherry Tomatoes Plant Pot

3 amp F1 hybrid, 60 days Bred in Japan by the Tokita Seed Company, 'Sungold' was released in Britain and America in 1992 and rapidly became the most popular cherry tomato. The plants are very productive and have good virus resistance. Characteristics Very sweet, golden-yellow, thin-skinned tomatoes. How to enjoy Irresistible straight off the vine. 3 F1 hybrid, 70 days A modern high-yielding and early fruiting plant raised in The Netherlands. Plants produce long trusses of approximately 20...