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Old May 2, 2016   #1
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Default Large fruited Container suitable varieties

Last Year I flukes out and had great luck with
EM Champion ....I grew it because it was an "
early " but the heart shaped fruit were Large .
The notion of large fruited container varieties caught my attention .

I checked Tatiana's Tomatobase site for
new large fruited "container suitable" listings ..

There seem to be more offerings this year ..

EM Champion
Brandy Fred
Dwarf Emerald Giant
Loxton Ladd
Krasnador Titians
Zinulya

Does anyone have any experience with these or other varieties
you think would fit in with this group ?..... of Large fruited Container suitable varieties ?
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Besides EM Champion there are some other Siberian determinate tomato varieties with large fruit:

Rozovyi Myod (=Pink Honey in English)
Danko
Velmozha
Kanopus
Gina
Tolstyi Jack (=Fat Jack in English)
Shtambovyi Krupnoplodnyi (=Tree-type Large-fruited in English)
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Besides EM Champion there are some other Siberian determinate tomato varieties with large fruit:

Rozovyi Myod (=Pink Honey in English)
Danko
Velmozha
Kanopus
Gina
Tolstyi Jack (=Fat Jack in English)
Shtambovyi Krupnoplodnyi (=Tree-type Large-fruited in English)



Hey ! thanks that's just enough info . to study further and possibly get me into
more Tomato trouble for 2017 ....LOL

I will follow this info up ...Thanks !
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You can grow large tomato plants (and large fruits) in a container...no problem. Bigger is better....when it comes to containers. I use 20 gallon Husky trash containers. They work great! (drill holes)
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I was mostly thinking of 5 or 7 or 10 gallon containers ......

as this size was theoretically possible to move to a protected environment in Fall to extend the Tomato season .

I got a real deal on some Keter garden plastic containers 10 gallon and 7 gallon

drill some holes in bottom and they work out great !


I also have a few of the trash can size (20 gallon +) ...complete with wheels (drill holes etc. )

I have some Gregori's Altai and Cosmonait Volkov and EM champion with Unikalnyi

planted in those sizes .
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I think for 2017 I will order /procure some :

Velmozha
Brandy fred
Loxton Ladd
Krasnador Titans
Zinulya LOL


That should be more than enough Tomato ....for the next 5 years LOL
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I was mostly thinking of 5 or 7 or 10 gallon containers ......

as this size was theoretically possible to move to a protected environment in Fall to extend the Tomato season .

I got a real deal on some Keter garden plastic containers 10 gallon and 7 gallon

drill some holes in bottom and they work out great !


I also have a few of the trash can size (20 gallon +) ...complete with wheels (drill holes etc. )

I have some Gregori's Altai and Cosmonait Volkov and EM champion with Unikalnyi

planted in those sizes .
G.A and C.V. do really well in containers. B. f Tula too. I grow all of mine in containers and they dig it.
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Cosmonaut Volkov is rather vigorous for containers. Usually 1.5-2m high.
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Cosmonaut Volkov is rather vigorous for containers. Usually 1.5-2m high.
Its hard to go to far wrong with Cosmonaut Volkov even with cool weather .
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Cosmonaut Volkov is rather vigorous for containers. Usually 1.5-2m high.
I like them that way Andrey. And 2.30 m or so is about the limit of where I can reach without a ladder.

CV sure tastes great to me, and with a little water restriction/dry farming it boosts the flavor to the outstanding range.
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Indian Stripe is one that does very well in smaller containers. Size is around 220g, pretty good but not huge. Very compact plant for the production.
But yeah, in 7 gal about anything can be grown by growing to single stem. Height is the concern here so using big fruited dwarfs does make sense. I got 4 tomatoes last year over one pound from one plant (along with many more smaller) in 7 gal.
In not big containers you need to maximize production vs plant size imo for great results. Huge plants will get stunted faster.
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Any variety will work in a container, I used to grow in 15-20 gallon, then 10, now 6.

Keep them watered, and production is super, keep them healthy and the taste of the fruit is amazing too.
I will grow 800-1000 plants this year, about 80 varieties, everything from a cherry to huge beefsteaks.
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What Mark said. High, high, high maintenance outdoors but it can be done. Will require at least daily watering when it is hot, lots of fertilizer and TLC. It is more difficult outdoors than in a greenhouse due to wind, rain, heat, critters, bugs and disease that are not as easily controlled. Bigger the pot the easier it is.
I have grown lots of big beefsteaks in pots and it works just fine if you dedicate the energy they need for their upkeep. most especially H20. Not able to leave them for a long weekend away when it's hot though unless you have somebody who will look after them for you
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Great advice Karen, and I would like to add to our posts. Use a drip system on a timer if watering is a concern, also buy a couple injectors, or use two tanks for fertilizer, then you have continuous feed, which is superior to once a week feedings.
Your taste will improve as the health of the plants improve, and you will have little stress.
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Thanks for all the input all ...wow ..

I am very close to making the next step for premix ...fertilizer ..H20 system etc.

But that is a big step ......but my own Tomato seed stock varieties is now appox. 200
and at moment takes 3 growing years to rotate through all if I wanted I guess a hobby needs wings ....LOL

Will have to order a some of the previously mentioned Large fruited from Tatiana`s Today .

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