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KEF
16/03/2014 at 12:10

Has anyone grown S.Pierre toms?  I have been given a packet of seeds. I understand they tolerate cooler conditions, make a good sized tomato & are tasty.

16/03/2014 at 15:11

I've done a bit of googling and they sound interesting - various debates on various gardening fora about their origin.  I wonder if Italophile knows them ........... 

KEF
16/03/2014 at 21:41

Thanks Dove. I was hoping Italophile might look in.

16/03/2014 at 23:31

They are very popular here in France and all the GCs sell them. Called Saint Pierre which is French for Saint Peter. A traditional round fleshy tomato is what the French sites say.

KEF
17/03/2014 at 07:45

Thank you Lizzie Have you eaten them? I'm wondering if they taste any better than Alicante or Shirley which I've grown as an "ordianry" reliable tomato.

17/03/2014 at 08:52

KEF, I grew them about 10 years ago in Sydney. They're a nice tom. I didn't grow them again because I thought there were heirlooms with better flavour. That said, they were in competition with some great varieties. I've never grown Alicante or Shirley so I've no idea how they rate.

Give 'em a try!

KEF
17/03/2014 at 09:46

Thank you Italophile. I'll report back on flavour.

17/03/2014 at 10:59
I'll guarantee that they will taste nicer than either Alicante or Shirley which are not that tasty imo.
17/03/2014 at 11:20

I agree with iGrow - almost any tomato is tastier than those two, which I have always found to be bland.  

17/03/2014 at 14:46

They don't sell Alicante of Shirley here. I grow an old French one called Dona,  Montfavet for an early one, Roma for making sauce for the freezer, Sungold and Gardener's Delight (seeds bought in UK) for little ones.

KEF
17/03/2014 at 16:09

Thanks everyone. Each year I grow a couple of either Alicante or Shirley, as a back up for others, as they seem to perform regardless of weather and even if not the most tasty, any are better than SM ones  Usually have 13 plants and a few outdoor ones.

This year I'll be down to one GH, so cumbers have to join the toms. I will grow more outdoor bush cherry ones in buckets. These have been lovely last 2 yrs. Inside GH will be Roma for cooking & some St. Pierre & another variety, not decided which yet   

17/03/2014 at 16:13

Good luck KEF! Here's hoping we get the lovely summer we're all wanting so that we have plenty of fruits of our labour (or in this case tomatoes - which reminds me; I must get the next batch going soon!)

KEF
17/03/2014 at 16:15

Thanks Clari, I'll be sewing mine at the weekend.

17/03/2014 at 16:28
What into, a scarf?
I prefer to sow seeds...
KEF
17/03/2014 at 17:14
iGrow wrote (see)
What into, a scarf?
I prefer to sow seeds...

 Wondered why they didn't germinate

KEF
17/03/2014 at 17:20

iGrow, which toms do you grow in Holland ?

17/03/2014 at 18:28

KEF, (I'm whispering this so as not to embarrass you)  South Holland is part of Lincolnshire 

KEF
17/03/2014 at 18:40

Ooops just shows I can't multi task. Sewing, knitting scarves, and sowing toms.

Soz iGrow. However, what toms do you grow for taste ?    

Thanks Dove.

17/03/2014 at 18:46

This year I'm growing Marmande (beef type), San Marzano and Gardeners Delight. Have never grown beef toms before, in fact never bought them either; so it will be quite an adventure

17/03/2014 at 19:25
San Marzano are good for cooking but I have a big fondness for Tigrella here in Spalding, South Lincolnshire (the district is known as South Holland). I grow lots of different varieties some of which I have forgotten the name of as I save a lot of tomato seed.
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