Tomatoville® Gardening Forums


Notices

Share your favorite photos with us here. Instructions on how to post them can be found in the first post within.

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old April 13, 2018   #16
Barb_FL
Tomatovillian™
 
Join Date: Apr 2014
Location: Indialantic, Florida
Posts: 1,639
Default UPDATE - added Sun Lemon

We will see what these Tokita varieties are made of.

I transplanted a tiny Sun Lemon into an Earthbox on Wedsnesday night (3/11). It was paper toweled for germination (only the one germinated, was given the seeds)
but then sowed in mix on 3/27; so transplant at 15 days.

It is way too small to give it any support. Tons of wind last night too. I gave it some shade around 3 PM yesterday and will check out doing the same today.

Honestly, it looks like it is holding it's own. It will either thrive or die. It is so late in the season here.

--
The other two (SO and SGr) are doing amazing. Really adding bulk. SO has 4 tomatoes on the first cluster; size of marbles now.

SGr is taller with long buds; any hour/day they will be blossoms. They all have yellow peaking through.

SO 2nd set of buds are about to blossom. All from first set are now wide-open flowers or tomatoes.

----
Finally, just an observation, but my OLD SunPeach plants / SunGold and Sun Chocola to an extent have all regenerated themselves with new lateral growth (with flowers) close to the lower stem.

They are much more successful at that than Esterina.
Barb_FL is offline   Reply With Quote
Old April 14, 2018   #17
beninla
Tomatovillian™
 
Join Date: Jan 2018
Location: Los Angeles
Posts: 11
Default

Hi Barb, your plants look very nice. Can you please share how did you grow your seedlings, like what soil and fertilizer did you use? Thank you.
beninla is offline   Reply With Quote
Old April 14, 2018   #18
Greatgardens
Tomatovillian™
 
Greatgardens's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Indiana
Posts: 673
Default

...and could you share where you purchased your seeds? Looking at the web, I only find Osborne and Norseco (which I presume is in Canada?). Norseco was $28/for 50 seeds and Osborne was $70 for 10 seeds. (???)
-GG

Edit: Evidently the "10 seeds" is a no-no. I tried 50 and 100 seeds and got more realistic prices of $15 and $27. A 50-seed quantity for $15 is not so bad. Looking forward to seeing how they do overall for you -- say against Esterina which is really good, I think.

Last edited by Greatgardens; April 14, 2018 at 07:58 AM.
Greatgardens is offline   Reply With Quote
Old April 14, 2018   #19
Barb_FL
Tomatovillian™
 
Join Date: Apr 2014
Location: Indialantic, Florida
Posts: 1,639
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Greatgardens View Post
...and could you share where you purchased your seeds? Looking at the web, I only find Osborne and Norseco (which I presume is in Canada?). Norseco was $28/for 50 seeds and Osborne was $70 for 10 seeds. (???)
-GG

Edit: Evidently the "10 seeds" is a no-no. I tried 50 and 100 seeds and got more realistic prices of $15 and $27. A 50-seed quantity for $15 is not so bad. Looking forward to seeing how they do overall for you -- say against Esterina which is really good, I think.
I ordered the SunGreen and SunOrange from Osborne.

Their pricing is :

$10.90 for 25
$15.55 for 50
$24.90 for 100

I will definitely keep this thread updated as the plants grow. I only trialed the one seed because it was so late in the year. I'm just so happy they are vigorous growers so I can get to taste one this spring.
Barb_FL is offline   Reply With Quote
Old April 14, 2018   #20
Barb_FL
Tomatovillian™
 
Join Date: Apr 2014
Location: Indialantic, Florida
Posts: 1,639
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by beninla View Post
Hi Barb, your plants look very nice. Can you please share how did you grow your seedlings, like what soil and fertilizer did you use? Thank you.
Since I was only sowing one seed of each, I sowed in 4.5" pot in the intense Florida Sun.

I sowed in ProMix. I didn't add any dry fertz to the mix. On occasion when I fed it, I gave it what I was giving my mature plants, mainly the MasterBlend solution. I remember giving it soluble kelp at least once too.
Barb_FL is offline   Reply With Quote
Old April 14, 2018   #21
Greatgardens
Tomatovillian™
 
Greatgardens's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Indiana
Posts: 673
Default

Thanks, Barb. Wouldn't it be wonderful if it tastes like Sungold but larger and more crack resistant!
-GG
Greatgardens is offline   Reply With Quote
Old April 14, 2018   #22
beninla
Tomatovillian™
 
Join Date: Jan 2018
Location: Los Angeles
Posts: 11
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Barb_FL View Post
Since I was only sowing one seed of each, I sowed in 4.5" pot in the intense Florida Sun.

I sowed in ProMix. I didn't add any dry fertz to the mix. On occasion when I fed it, I gave it what I was giving my mature plants, mainly the MasterBlend solution. I remember giving it soluble kelp at least once too.
Thank you for your reply. Look forward to hearing how Sun Orange does for you
beninla is offline   Reply With Quote
Old April 17, 2018   #23
Barb_FL
Tomatovillian™
 
Join Date: Apr 2014
Location: Indialantic, Florida
Posts: 1,639
Default 6 week pictures - tons of wind Sunday and Monday

25 sustained on Sunday and then a huge storm blew in with heavy gust. Rain was sideways but really not much accumulation.

Monday started out calm, but spent most of the day about 20 MPH with some gusts.

On Sunday, I put the shade cloth on the cages of these young plants to block the wind down. Seem to work fairly decent. I moved it to wind direction today (Monday). Hopefully, can take it off tomorrow.

SunGreen on the left, SunOrange on the right.

Sungreen has flowers and one new bud set starting. I don't know if any fruit has set yet.

SunOrange has set fruit on a couple of flowers in their 2nd set. Has 4 bud sets going.
8 tomatoes set so far.

SunLemon is holding it's own even being planted out too young.
Attached Images
File Type: jpg Sun Green and Orange 4-16.jpg (590.3 KB, 196 views)
File Type: jpg Sun Lemon 4-16.jpg (476.7 KB, 195 views)
Barb_FL is offline   Reply With Quote
Old April 20, 2018   #24
Barb_FL
Tomatovillian™
 
Join Date: Apr 2014
Location: Indialantic, Florida
Posts: 1,639
Default

SunGreen has set fruit - April 19; so 48 days from sowing.
SunOrange beat that by 10 days.

SGr is putting out suckers galore.

Both plants have bushed out a bunch this week. I'm trying to root one of the SO suckers. Crazy b/c it is SO late in our season.

4 separate clusters of yellow peaking through on the SO buds.

Will take new pics one week from the last one.
Barb_FL is offline   Reply With Quote
Old April 22, 2018   #25
hl2601
Tomatovillian™
 
hl2601's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2017
Location: Metro Denver
Posts: 217
Default

Looks great Barb!
hl2601 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old April 23, 2018   #26
Barb_FL
Tomatovillian™
 
Join Date: Apr 2014
Location: Indialantic, Florida
Posts: 1,639
Default 7 week pictures - taken between rain/wind storms

Thanks HL2601

So after basically no rain for months, it is making up for it over the last few days with huge wind gusts.

Here is a picture taken when it was just cloudy and no rain. SunGreen on left, SO on right.

2 more days until SunLemon's 1 month anniversary since being sowed. It really hung in there for being planted out at 2 weeks.

Observations: SO has set fruit in 4 of the clusters and has more clusters formed / forming. I counted at least 8. I don't see the original fruit set growing too much; definitely not larger than a SunGold at this time.
Attached Images
File Type: jpg SunOrange and SunGr 4-23.jpg (545.1 KB, 145 views)
File Type: jpg Sun Lemon 4-23.jpg (308.9 KB, 145 views)
Barb_FL is offline   Reply With Quote
Old April 23, 2018   #27
RJGlew
Tomatovillian™
 
Join Date: Jul 2013
Location: Alberta, Canada
Posts: 489
Default

Hi Barb - thanks for posting the pictures. Your plants look really good - SL looks very robust.
RJGlew is offline   Reply With Quote
Old May 2, 2018   #28
Barb_FL
Tomatovillian™
 
Join Date: Apr 2014
Location: Indialantic, Florida
Posts: 1,639
Default New Pictures - SO and SGreen are 2 months old

First picture is SunOrange and SunGreen on their 2 month birthday. They are very robust plants.

Then some SO fruit.

Next is a SunOrange Clone - 7 days for generating roots; 6 days planted out.

Fourth pic is SunLemon - about 5 weeks old. I don't think you can see it, but it is flowering now.

ETA - Fixed the pictures to display correctly, but out of order so
SunOrange at 2 months since sow follows.

And Last of all is SunGreen, which will be getting a cage extender tomorrow.

I've taken some cuttings of SunGreen; hopefully will get some clones quickly.

Daytime temps are 80-82 all week but night time lows are creeping into the 70-72 range. Hopefully, these being cherry tomatoes will overcome the warm nights and continue to set fruit.
Attached Images
File Type: jpg SG SO 2 months old.jpg (506.7 KB, 123 views)
File Type: jpg SO Fruit.jpg (217.0 KB, 125 views)
File Type: jpg SO Clone 5-1-2018 - 14 days.jpg (336.7 KB, 121 views)
File Type: jpg SunLemon.jpg (376.9 KB, 121 views)
File Type: jpg SO 5-2 2 mo old.jpg (274.1 KB, 118 views)
File Type: jpg SunGreen 5-2 2 months old.jpg (356.5 KB, 118 views)

Last edited by Barb_FL; May 2, 2018 at 07:01 PM. Reason: Fix picture display
Barb_FL is offline   Reply With Quote
Old May 6, 2018   #29
Barb_FL
Tomatovillian™
 
Join Date: Apr 2014
Location: Indialantic, Florida
Posts: 1,639
Default First SunOrange started to blush

Size is not as large as expected. Shaped slightly rounder and more squat than Sungold. (BTW - I expected the size to be in the SunChocola category)

Weather is very warm this week low 80s, any days with highs in the 70s will have to wait until late October.

I also have 2 SunGold plants that are still producing a lot of SunGolds and another one that was a clipping, planted earlier and is slightly larger and have tons of green sungolds.

What I am trying to say is that the comparison of SunOrange and SunGold will be easy and obvious.

-----
SunGreen is producing a lot of tomatoes; has totally caught up in fruit set with SO;
shape is more grape vs round.

Next update will be the taste test.
Barb_FL is offline   Reply With Quote
Old May 8, 2018   #30
RJGlew
Tomatovillian™
 
Join Date: Jul 2013
Location: Alberta, Canada
Posts: 489
Default

Hi Barb, thanks for the update. I am looking forward to hearing about the SunOrange/SunGold taste test.
RJGlew is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 03:16 PM.


★ Tomatoville® is a registered trademark of Commerce Holdings, LLC ★ All Content ©2017 Commerce Holdings, LLC ★