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    Default How many tomato plants are you growing?

    I've spotted a few threads about tomato varieties recently, but not one about how many plants we're all growing. Apologies if this is a repeat thread.

    I was prompted to wonder about this by a book by Barbara Pleasant on how many plants to grow of assorted varieties to keep you supplied. I agreed with a lot of her recommendations and passed over the (to me) enormous number of sweetcorn plants she suggested but was brought up short by her suggestion of twelve tomato plants for two people: two early toms, two cherries, six paste toms for canning and two slicing toms.

    I grow rather a lot more than this. This year I'm going for 32 for the two of us, though admittedly I'm hoping to have a surplus for friends: six assorted cherries, eight Big Daddies, four Cuor di Bue, four Pantano Romanesco, four San Marzano, four hanging toms and two Rosados de Barbastro.

    How many do you grow per person?
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    I grow 2 GH's full of toms - just because I like them and I have the space.
    No idea how many plants that is - but there'll be about 8 small pot/hanging ones/early ones.
    Probably about 20+ plants besides - none of which will be for "canning".
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    This year I am sticking to about 20 plants which gives us plenty for ourselves and neighbours in 4 variety's. Who am I kidding . Have 7 variety's so far and several hundred plants.
    Aha well there is always next year.
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    I like to grow enough to give everyone & I like eating tomatoes a lot so I grow as many as I can fit in,35 plants last year
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    We normally do six plants. Hubby eats them all, unless the GG comes round
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    Usually about 14 plants. 12- 13 varieties.
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    Last year I grew about 19/20 plants, mostly due to my inability to cull extras. Definitely produced far too many tomatoes for 2 (vegetarian) people and some did go to waste, much to my chagrin. Currently trying to plan how many to grow this year and to my mind, 12 does seem ideal.
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    I usually start off sowing loads more than I eventually plant....!!!
    This year I'm aiming for 4 x Red Alert, 4x Tumbling tom in Baskets and 4x Totem in pots for the Grandkids.ruit ot bothering with Traditional varieties ,Shirley,Alicante etc , But might try to persuade a 'Friend' of mine to sell me one (or 2) of her Large Beefsteak varieties that she grew last year , They had stems as thick as anything I've ever seen before , did'nt grow Massively high and had fruit like Bowling balls ..!!!(well nearly) !
    She loves them but I cant remember the name let alone pronounce it !!
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