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    Default Tomato reviews likes & dislikes 2015 - 2019

    Well, I know some of you haven't got many toms ripening at the moment but I'm in sunny West Wilts and my toms are starting to ripen up fast.
    I would like you to share your best performers, best taste, worst taste, good keepers and those that will be on your grow list for next year

    Cheethams Potato Leaf - really impressed with this plant. Really healthy, vigorous plant, the trusses are huge, some with up to 9 medium size tomatoes on. Taste test tonight Attachment 58494
    These 6 were off one truss, I left the other 3 to ripen a bit more, I like my toms really ripe.
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    What a great idea Scarlet.

    Sungold - excellent flavour, keeps well on or off the plant. I was still eating Sungold which were picked green in October at Christmas last year, although the flavour and texture was nowhere near as good as fresh. Sungold has everything I could want - huge crops and usually the first to ripen. The outdoor Sungold have beaten everything in the greenhouse this year. Only criticism would be that the skins are slightly tough. My first choice.

    Shirley - good flavour, heavy trusses of fairly large tomatoes which sometimes need supporting. Does well indoors, less prolific outdoors. Keeps well. My 2nd choice.

    Balconi (red and yellow varieties) - first year growing these, starting off as a windowsill plant as they are supposed to be small. Produced a decent crop of very early tomatoes from a February sowing before having to be put outside as they had reached 18 inches tall and were leaning alarmingly. They had also stopped setting fruit. More fruit set immediately they were put outside and this is now producing a slow but steady trickle of ripe fruit. Flavour is not brilliant, especially the yellow variety, but a good choice for an early and very dwarf plant. I'll be growing the red ones again next year, but probably not the yellow.

    My other varieties have not produced anything edible yet this year.
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    Good thread,

    Apologies if this a bit long but I do like growing my toms!

    In the greenhouse

    Egyption (victoriana nursery)
    Old fashioned looking medium round/oxheart shaped fruits, the cordon itself was a a bit spindly but to be fair it was early and produced a reasonable crop that is nearly over now, I bought these as they are supposed to be a very rich tasting tomato but for me this year they were tasteless

    Healthy and vigour 6/10
    taste 4/10
    Will I grow next year- no

    Shirley
    This was my best cropper, medium red tomatoes that look like tomatoes should, I grow the tomatoes quite close together so another thing I liked about this variety is the leaf branches are quite short and stubby, the taste I would describe as good, very healthy and trouble free, just a very good, heavy cropping basic tomato.

    Health and vigour 8/10
    Taste 6.5/10
    Will I grow next year - yes

    Sungold
    This was my benchmark from last season and for me is still the gold standard for me, the plants absolutely fly, this was the earliest, I was picking in early July, despite me having problems with taste this year generally with all tomatoes this one was still fantastic

    Health and vigour 9/10
    Taste 9/10
    Will I grow next year - yes, loads!

    Dr Carolyn (real seeds)
    Advertised as the best tasting tomato so maybe I had my expectations set too high, it was a vigorous grower and is producing a ok crop of medium red tomatoes but I just dont find the taste that outstanding, it has a slight smokey flavour

    Health and vigour 8/10
    Taste 7/10
    Will I grow next year -no because taste not much different to shirley which has double the fruit

    Gardeners Delight
    This is my first year growing this well known variety, It was a really quick grower and the amount of fruit that is set is unbelievable, for me though the taste and texture is a let down, it has a slightly mushy texture and very little sweetness.

    Health and vigour 8/10
    Taste 5/10
    Will I grow next year - no, I think there are nicer tasting cherries nowadays.

    Floridity
    Baby plum variety, in the greenhouse I had real problems with this variety, the first two trusses of tomatoes were small and hard and uneatable and the later ones had a big problem with blossom end rot despite being in the quad grows with all the other tomatoes so the same conditions, the ones that did develop properly tasted nice

    Health and vigour 2/10
    Taste 7.5/10
    Will I grow next year - no

    Black Russian
    Tried this variety for cooking with, I had a problem with blossom end rot and just getting the fruit to set early season but later in the cooler July and August weather they seem to set better so probably try this one outdoors next year, taste was very nice when fried.

    Health and vigour 5/10
    Taste 8/10- as a fried tomato
    Will I grow next year - Yes- outdoors

    Superb (unwins)
    small sized plum tomato, very easy and good growing, a nice set of fruit that has a tangy sweet taste

    Health and vigour 8/10
    Taste 7/10
    Will I grow next year - Yes

    Big Daddy
    Beefsteak variety, the stem split into 2 which I had never seen before so has to do a bit of surgery to cut one off only for the same to happen again! I dont know if this is a one off or not, have about a dozen set now and it looks like that is all I am going to get, this is the only variety I havent had any ripe fruit off yet.

    Health and vigour 5/10
    Taste cant tell)
    Will I grow next year probably not

    So the winners in the greenhouse were Sungold and Shirley

    Outdoors and pics to follow when I get a minute.
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    Outdoors

    Outdoor Girl
    I really loved growing this variety, it was so easy, its an old potato leaved heritage variety, it has exceptional cold tolerance, I put my tomatoes out a little early and it bothered some but not this one, others looked a little peaky but outdoor girl just stayed a fantastic dark green colour, very very early as well, a month before some of my outdoor ones, the following pic was taken on the 5th July, taste is only average but if you want early outdoor tomatoes this is the one.

    Attachment 58495

    Health and vigour 9/10
    Taste 6/10
    Will I grow next year - yes

    Bloody Butcher
    Very simular to outdoor girl, again a potato leaved heritage variety with the same great cold tolerance, a couple of weeks later than outdoor girl but a slightly better flavour.
    Attachment 58496

    Health and vigour 8/10
    Taste 7/10
    Will I grow next year - yes

    Crimson Crush
    Plug plants from suttons, I havent had any blight so far so cant comment on that but the taste is fantastic, the growth rate is slow, probably my slowest growing variety but at this point id definitely grow them again just for the flavour.
    Attachment 58497

    Health and vigour 6/10
    Taste 9/10
    Will I grow next year - yes

    Ferline
    Vigorous plants, suppose to have resistance to blight but as above cant comment yet on that, medium to large red fruit, quite early, a good all rounder for outdoors with a slightly better than good taste.
    Attachment 58500


    Health and vigour 8/10
    Taste 8/10
    Will I grow next year - yes


    To follow

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    I like the scoring system.

    Sungold
    Health and vigour 7/10 (my outdoor plants always develop frighteningly spotty leaves, but it isn't blight, this year's plants are not as good as usual)
    Taste 10/10
    Will I grow next year - Yes

    Shirley
    Health and vigour 8/10 (big plants tend to wilt at the top in hot weather. Plants in the house died after red spider mite infestation - not normally a problem)
    Taste 7/10
    Will I grow next year - Yes

    Balconi Red
    Health and vigour 8/10 (very dense foliage tended to get magnesium deficiency after a while in 3l pots)
    Taste 6/10
    Will I grow next year - Yes

    Balconi Yellow
    Health and vigour 8/10 (as for red variety)
    Taste 3/10 very watery
    Will I grow next year - No

    To follow:
    Garden Pearl
    Sweet Aperitif
    Totem
    Belle
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    Ok lets start with the - not next season.

    Sub-artic - I have struggled several times to get decent plants and this year is the decider of never again. It is the only one out of 20+ varieties to get BER and I also keeping have toms drop off. I haven't got a ripe one yet.

    Healthy and vigour 3/10
    taste n/a
    Will I grow next year- no

    Anna Russian - Large healthy plants, fantastic large pink oxheart toms but......it is the only tom I have ever found bland to the point of being bored eating it half way through.

    Healthy and vigour 9/10
    taste 2/10
    Will I grow next year- no

    Golden Queen - Nice and early, strong plants, good cropper. The skin is a little thick and it lacks flavour but I will grow again as it is early ( it is like a yellow moneymaker).

    Healthy and vigour 9/10
    taste 6/10
    Will I grow next year- yes

    Northern Delight - Plants were checked by a late frost but it was my first outside tom to fruit. A small salad type tom, a little on the acid side. Worth growing again. For some reason I had early ripe fruits and has stopped with loads of greens still on.

    Healthy and vigour 8/10
    taste 7/10
    Will I grow next year- yes

    Black Cherry - Mine isn't actually black, however it is lovely, sweet juicy cherry toms - yum. Not masses but enough to be worth growing again.

    Healthy and vigour 7/10
    taste 9/10
    Will I grow next year- yes

    Black Icicle - Don't know how to describe this one as the flavour is more complex but very nice. Can't comment on plant as I am having issues in GH2

    Healthy and vigour n/a
    taste 8/10
    Will I grow next year- yes

    Pantano - Fleshy juicy tom edging on the sweeter side just like you had on ya hols. Can't comment on plant as I am having issues in GH2

    Healthy and vigour n/a
    taste 8/10
    Will I grow next year- no

    Lucky Leprechaun - Love this tom, similar to pantano but better and earlier (IMO) Needs to be eaten asap as it seems to lose its flavour quickly. Dwarf cordon with 6-8 good size toms per truss with approx 4 trusses.

    Healthy and vigour 8/10
    taste 9/10
    Will I grow next year- yes
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    Maverick, not long winded, excellent! I'll certainly be making notes in my growing diary to try some of your recommendations.
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    Thanks penelleype and Norfolkgrey too. Your enthusiasm for tomato growing is inspiring - can't wait to try some different varieties next year
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