Posted: 31/08/2013 at 08:05
A couple of years ago we grew a couple of cherry type tomato plants that yielded some absolutely lovely round orange fruit, most no bigger than about 25 mm across.
They had a beautifully balanced, quite 'deep' sweet flavour with no trace of acidity.
'I've no idea what they were called but I found I could eat them easily - this from someone who doesn't particularly like tomatos especially shop bought ones.
Anyone got any idea of possible names please?
And am I right that moneymaker is red not orange?
Yes, Moneymaker is red. Your mystery tom might have been Sungold. They're incredibly sweet. Here's Sungold. Ring any bells?
Harge and david, ripening is purely down to temperature. Direct sunlight on the fruit isn't necessary. Ripening is an internal chemical process for the tom. The plant plays no actual role.
Optimum temps for ripening are anything above low-20sC. They will ripen at lower temps but, obviously, take longer the lower the temperature is. If your daytime temps get down to consistent low teens, you're better off taking the toms off the plants and taking them inside where it will be consistently warmer. A kitchen bench or similar is ideal. Sit the toms upside down, on their shoulders, to avoid bruises developing on the blossom (bottom) end.