Friday, June 19, 2009

Central Coast Tomato Trials - part 3

All of my 13 trial varieties have set fruit by now and some are getting rather large...
like this Nepal variety.

I also noticed something a bit strange going on here...

Can you see the sucker growing from the end of the fruiting branch? What's up with that? Do I cut it off? Or will that hurt the developing fruit?

I like to see tomato flowers.

Do you give your plants a shake everyday? I've heard that this aids in pollination. I'm not sure if it's true, but that hasn't stopped me from trying!

Here is the updated data for the Central Coast Tomato Trials:

You can click the image for a larger view.

In other vegetable news, I harvested 1.4 lbs of zucchini today,

along with 1.8 lbs of German Butterball potatoes,

and another 1.8 lbs of Yukon Gold. That largest one is hefty!

I've also collected a total of 14 lbs of plums over the last week. I'll do a post soon on what I'm doing with all THAT pound-age!


Stefaneener said...

Those are impressive spuds!

I don't think cutting the sucker off the end will harm the developing tomatoes, but I'm not convinced it will help enough to do it. It is something I've not seen before, though.

I'm interested in the results of your trials - have you seen any blight in your area?

Bangchik and Kakdah said...

I like the tomatoes.... they are going to be very nice, and shape will resemble much like pumpkins..... I definitely will follow their progress.... ~ bangchik

islandgardener said...

I vote not to cut it off and see what happens. I think it will be fine! Janet

Jackie said...

Stefaneener, I have some spotted leaves (the oldest and lowest). This might be blight, but I'm not sure. Been cutting off the affected leaves...not sure if this helps.

Bangchik, yes I think you are right about the pumpkin shape.

So, I think I'll just leave the sucker on the end of the fruiting branch and see what happens. Thanks!

Michelle said...

Your tomatoes are gorgeous. That sucker is weird, never seen that before. It would be interesting to see if other clusters do that as well.