Posted: 30/08/2012 at 11:38
After much research I think the spotting on my Maskotkas was caused by a fungus infection referred to as 'ghost spot', apparently due to water being splashed on the fruits - not by me but because they are outside in the rain! They are OK to eat by the way. The newer fruits seem to be OK now but the plants are huge and weigh a ton! I'm glad I didn't put them in hanging baskets, they are in pots with stakes but due to the heavy rain and wind many of the stems have broken so are a mass of stakes and bandages!
Next year I would like to grow a bush variety as close to Piccolo as possible. I love this variety but it is a tall plant and I don't have the room (grew it last year with saved seeds from supermarket purchase). Can anyone recommend a near equivalent?