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Definitely better outside. Ditto Dove.
I've had crossed seeds from Franchi before. Pity, because they have a decent range.
Once the plant is established it's wise to fertilise with something higher in P and K than N. Too much nitrogen will only encourage vine and leaf growth.
Growmore is high in nitrogen, frensclan, which explains the growth in lieu of flowers, etc. If you're fertilising the plants, stop. Cut back watering, too. Force them to struggle. It might be too late but worth a try.
You're safe to go away. Even with temps in the mid-high 20s you'd still be looking at 3 weeks.
They're not going to ripen overnight, TB. What colour green are the toms? Even if they have started to change from dark green to a lighter green they are still 3 or 4 weeks away from ripeness.
Ah well, I'd blame the cracking anyway. It shouldn't have got to that state of softness so quickly in normal circumstances. Cracking interferes with the physiology.
The spread on the plant suggests a first generation crossed seed. The first generation usually throws a majority pretty close to the original with a mixture of other shapes/sizes reflecting whatever tom crossed with it.
The softness around the top is the result of the cracking, Joe. The lower half looks like it should be all right. And it's definitely not a plum. It's trying to be a heart-shape which suggests you have a crossed seed.
Yes, plant only the fattest, healthiest cloves. Seed garlic is best.