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Strange Tomato Affliction

Posted: 13/12/2014 at 09:57

Not necessarily. The varieties have all the hallmarks of heirlooms, it's just that so many of them appear to be absolutely identical even if differently named. And many of their histories are impossible to trace, beyond the ubiquitous "seeds originally from the Crimea region".

Strange Tomato Affliction

Posted: 13/12/2014 at 08:32

Hi, Dove. I've seen them a lot darker than that. This is the problem with the so-called "black" varieties. There are a lot of them and there is a lot of mis-naming. In fact, some tom experts think there are a lot fewer different "black" varieties than is claimed, with many of them the same variety with another name.

Strange Tomato Affliction

Posted: 13/12/2014 at 07:58

Odis, it would help, as Dove suggests, if you could expand on "sickly". The photo isn't very clear, unfortunately, but the inner flesh and pulp doesn't look nearly dark enough for a black variety.

As for plant size, heirloom plants are always capable of variations, even including fruit size. Hybrids will grow identically but heirlooms, with their pure genes, are capable of hiccups. 

If cross-pollination occurs, the results will only manifest in the next generation. If, say, the cross happened this season, you would have to save this season's seeds and plant them out next season to see the result.

has anyone ignored tomatoe growing advice

Posted: 11/12/2014 at 08:11

There's no reason why you can't let indeterminates sprawl if you have the space. The main reasons for tying them up are space and disease management. If let sprawl, you have to keep the fruit from direct contact with the soil as you do with, say, pumpkins, to avoid rotting problems. And, yes, nip out the side shoots, treating them exactly as if they were tied up to a stake.

Tomato Blight

Posted: 19/11/2014 at 08:57

Or, depending on the depth of the soil, turn over the topsoil and bury the spores. They can't do any harm underground.

Indoor pepper Plants - Winter Care

Posted: 12/11/2014 at 07:26

On balance, not worth the effort, NewBoy. They would need serious light and warmth just to maintain them with no real guarantee of decent results. Better to start again next year via either seeds or seedlings.


Posted: 08/11/2014 at 07:10

Morning. Pfffffffffft. Slept in every morning while our hosts got up early and bicycled to the beach. Silly people. Very nice people, but silly.


Posted: 08/11/2014 at 06:52

We spent five days with French friends in Hossegor in August. Very mild weather.


Posted: 07/11/2014 at 18:04

Cheers, KEF. Still very mild here for this time of year. We've had the mildest and wettest spring and summer that anyone can remember. Floods north of us this week and even in Rome. Something strange is going on ...


Posted: 07/11/2014 at 17:36

Tigerella can be prone to splitting, yes.

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