I've been growing my tomatoes at about 18 inch spacing for a while and pruned to a single leader up a pole. A bit more work but allows me to get quite a few varieties in a small area and I think in this climate which isn't that great for tomatoes it allows some harvest in what are usually fairly cool summers. Plus its what's everyone does in the UK so I'm just used to it I guess.
I have purchased a folding tomato cage this year so we'll see how that works out as well.
Trying a few container grown ones this year and so far seems to be going OK
Post by pepperhead212 on Jun 6, 2021 11:32:16 GMT -5
Yesterday I discovered my second variety with tomatoes formed on them, about 3/4" - Cherry Brownies. The tomatoes on that Kustengold - the first of my varieties to flower - are formed, but barely visible. Ruth's Perfect is still the only one that hasn't flowered, but the blossoms are finally forming.
Post by pepperhead212 on Jun 7, 2021 15:03:48 GMT -5
That 42 day variety has 5 days left! There are a number of full sized ones on the plants, but these last few days they have become covered with blossoms! You can't see the tomatoes well in this photo, as they are covered with the later growth, but this shows what I mean about the blossoms. 42 day tomatoes, with a large amount of flowers on them, 6-7 by pepperhead212, on Flickr
I'm starting to see a good number of new tomatoes on more of the varieties, but all still cherry/grape.
Here's a photo of one the 42 day tomatoes; though the largest are sort of hidden, you can see they are forming quickly - the only other variety with well formed tomatoes (though not nearly as many) are the Cherry Brownies, which are also over 2½' tall. The Kustengold is the fastest growing this year, and was my first bloomer, but the tomatoes are smaller, so far. 42 day tomatoes, 6-7 by pepperhead212, on Flickr
Post by pepperhead212 on Jun 9, 2021 20:09:24 GMT -5
I noticed my earliest non-cherry tomato today - June pink, up to a little over 2". Not full grown, and of course I have no idea of the ripening date, but maybe it will live up to its name! All the rest of the non-cherries have either no tomatoes yet, or just barely formed. Amazingly, I have over a half dozen cherry varieties with fruits forming on them, but not a single one on my Sunsugars - usually my first tomato. June Pink, earliest of the larger tomato to appear, largest one over 2 inches. by pepperhead212, on Flickr
Post by pepperhead212 on Jun 12, 2021 11:37:58 GMT -5
I'm seeing a lot of bees on the tomatoes today - yay! Today is the 42nd day for that tomato, and I still don't any blushing, but there are a lot of tomatoes on those plants! Tomatoes on many more of the plants, as well.