Posted: 14/08/2014 at 11:30
This is an update and modification of a post I started last year, but which got rather side-tracked by issues like lack of ripening, side-shoots and splitting.
I am updating it because I did things differently this year but still ended up with the same problems:-
I have been growing tomatoes successfully for about 30 years both in the greenhouse and outdoors, always directly in the ground rather than in pots or grow-bags. The soil was not particularly good -rather fine and dusty and they were prone to drying out quickly. I never take much notice of which variety I buy and have always obtained really tasty fruit and plenty of it. Sometimes I buy plants and sometimes I grow from seed.
I moved house a couple of years ago (only about 40 miles) and now only have a tiny greenhouse/vertical frame thingy which only has room for three plants.
Last year I planted three garden-centre plants in a grow-bag inside, and another three outside in pots of 50% compost 50% earth. Again I can’t remember the variety, but they turned out to be thick skinned and tasteless.
They had been fed with Tomorite and watered throughout –Every evening in hot weather, every other evening in dull weather.
I put this down to either the cheap grow bag or the very hot summer.
This year I grew from seed and planted both indoor and outdoor plants in large pots with pure old garden compost that my neighbour had been storing up for a few years as he does not use it.
The result is exactly the same. Healthy looking plants, plenty of healthy looking fruit, no splitting or rot, but thick skinned and tasteless to the point of being no better than winter supermarket tomatoes.
There must be a reason but so far I have failed to discover what it is.