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Indoor tomatoes, outdoor tomatoes??
Apart from the fact that all greenhouse varieties are cordons, can anyone tell me the difference between an indoor and an outdoor tomato?
In the seed catalogues, some varieties say only suitable for indoors, some say outdoors, some say both......
Several of my gardening books give dire warnings against growing indoor varieties in the garden. But surely a tomato is just a tomato?
<ducks to avoid barrage of rotten fruit>
- 10-12-2008, 08:39 AM #2
- 10-12-2008, 08:47 AM #3
Greenhouse toms are probably more tender and outside the fruit would take too long to reach ripeness in our climate. Outdoor toms ripen more quickly. So you could put outdoor ones inside but not the other way round! Confused?
As for blight in outdoor toms, Feline is fantastic and most others do fine in pots of fresh compost so don't give up hope!
- 10-12-2008, 08:50 AM #4
Clearly not all tomatoes are the same as not all humans are the same. Some tomato varieties can flower and set fruit at lower temperatures and therefore could be grown outside if you didn't have a greenhouse.
- 10-12-2008, 09:05 AM #5
Errr, what's blight?
- 10-12-2008, 10:14 AM #7
Hey cheer up Two sheds I got blight last year too it took out all my plants in the end. BUT by starting in feb on a window ledge with ferline i got a good early supply of tasty full sized toms (the plants were the last to die) . I also grew 30 other (cherry) plants and got a huge number off of them before they were blighted. Growing outside can be done but i think we just have to accept that a 100% yeild just won't happen anymore.
I also found that by stripping leaves off (leaving only three branches) the plants contracted blight last in my area. It may be that this slowed down the ripening of fruit but i think i got at least an extra month out of my plants.
I have a few F2 seeds from my ferline plants so i will be growing those this year to see if we get any improved resistance. I hope so.
Keep the faith!
- 10-12-2008, 10:24 AM #8
I can remember you posting about this earlier in the year after mine got ravaged by blight, as my plot is over by you I wondered how you managed to get any at all. mine got hit before a single one ripened. I Might give your ideas a go this year and see if I can get any to crop outside.Kernow rag nevra
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- 10-12-2008, 11:00 AM #9
I don't have a greenhouse, and not enough room inside for a tomato plant, so I'm planning on growing them outside next year! I really hope I don't get blight, I'm right next to farmland in a little village in the country, so fingers crossed blight isn't around here yet!
Someone suggested Moneymaker tomatoes to me for growing outdoors, but I remember my mum growing them inside the grenhouse when I was wee, has anyone tried them outdoors?
- 10-12-2008, 11:23 AM #10
It sneaks up from the south Jenegade, so you might get away with it for longer up there. Sewer Rat's input would be useful here?
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- 10-12-2008, 11:59 AM #11
I start mine in January, they grow well, but get blight before they ripen. Every year for the last three.
It's just not worth my time - I will grow more chillies and sweetcorn instead next year, with just a couple of Sungold on the patio (I didn't get blight in the back garden until very late in the year)
- 10-12-2008, 12:00 PM #12
[QUOTE=Flummery;325243]It sneaks up from the south Jenegade... QUOTE]
I never realised that! I'll just have to watch them I suppose and keep my fingers and toes crossed!
So, are we talking blight as in potato blight but on tomatoes?
- 10-12-2008, 12:48 PM #14
Pots and toms are from the same family and therefore fall to the same problems ie blight, such a shame although as said above some varieties do better than others against it's ravages.
Some of us live in the past, always talking about back then. Some of us live in the future, always planning what we are going to do. And, then there are those, who neither look behind or ahead, but just enjoy the moment of right now.
Which one are you and is it how you want to be?
I must be very lucky then or else it hasn't reached here yet.
Tomatoes is the only veg i've ever grown and i've never had a problem.
The reason I started the thread was actually because I realised I'd been growing indoor toms outside all these years and yet they seemed to do just fine
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