Tomato – Gourmandia (F1)

Red Oxheart Beefsteak on H1 Hybrid Plants Description This F1 Hybrid Beefsteak tomato sounds very similar to Sunsets Red Horizon although (with a bit of luck) it sounds as though it might ripen a bit earlier in the season. The fruit are said to have few seeds and be meaty. The issue becomes whether they…… Continue reading Tomato – Gourmandia (F1)

Tomato – Rubylicious

Red Cherry tomato on disease resistant plants. Description This blight resistant Open Pollinated cherry tomato has small (15g) fruits and is supposed to have an excellent flavour, a mixture of sharp & sweet which is good in a cherry tomato. One of the free seeds we received in 2022, its unlikely that we can make…… Continue reading Tomato – Rubylicious

2022 – Deciding which Tomatoes to Grow

At this time of year, I always have a problem deciding which tomato cultivars to grow. When I first started growing tomatoes and recording what I’d grown (a long time ago now it seems), I had plenty of space and an allotment so I grew lots of plants of lots of different cultivars (my record…… Continue reading 2022 – Deciding which Tomatoes to Grow

Tomato – Indigo Cherry Drops

Purple Cherry tomato on Indeterminate plants Description An improvement on Indigo Rose, this purple cherry tomato was bred at Oregon State University by Dr Jim Myers. Its colour is derived from the parents which include wild tomatoes from Peru or the Galapagos Islands. Its a prolific cropper with up to 1000 30gram fruit in ideal…… Continue reading Tomato – Indigo Cherry Drops

Tomato – Primabella

Blight Resistant open pollinated Red Cherry tomato on Indeterminate plants. Description This juicy cherry tomato produces large cherry fruit (~30g) on plants that seem to be resistant to late blight and so the plants can produce fruit over a long season, resistant to many of the problems associated with growing tomatoes outdoors in the UK.…… Continue reading Tomato – Primabella

Tomato – Gigantomo

A Large Red Beefsteak F1 Hybrid tomato on Indeterminate plants. Description This F1 Hybrid Beefsteak tomato is claimed to produce large fruit (up to 1kg), much larger than anything we’ve managed to grow (but nowhere near the record size) and yet be tasty. Other than its sheer size I’m not sure that anything in particular…… Continue reading Tomato – Gigantomo

Tomato – Garnet

A Reddish/Brown Cherry tomato on Indeterminate Plants Description This tasty cherry tomato is bred from Sweet Aperitif and so has a wonderful sharp taste. It supposedly has heavy yields over a long period of time in the summer, starting early and finishing late. It sounds similar to Brown Berry (a tomato we like a lot)…… Continue reading Tomato – Garnet

Tomato – Big League (F1)

Red Beefsteak F1 Hybrid Tomato on Determinate plants. Description Another of the free seeds which might be tried in 2022. Large fruit (around 1 lb) on determinate plants makes this variety suitable for container growing, so we will grow it outdoors, rather than in the greenhouse. It looks as though it will need a lot…… Continue reading Tomato – Big League (F1)

Tomato – Summer Frolic

Early, Red Standard Tomato on Indeterminate Plants Description Another of the packets of free seeds received in 2022. The description suggests that its “just another” small to medium standard red tomato, similar to Moneymaker, etc. (although it may be slightly smaller). The wording also suggests that it is “exceptionally early” although other places give “cropping…… Continue reading Tomato – Summer Frolic

Tomato – Faworyt

Red/Pink Late Harvesting Beefsteak on Indeterminate plants Description A Polish cultivar ( the name translates a “Favourite”) its variously described as “Early” or “Late” (about 80 days?) and “virtually seedless” to “heavily seeded” so my guess is that its a fairly standard Beefsteak, similar to Mortgage Lifter or Pink Brandywine both of which grow well…… Continue reading Tomato – Faworyt