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Old 9 Hours Ago   #1
materlvr
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Default I need advice/info-minimal sunlight for maters

Hello, for the last 6 years I have been growing Stupice in 20 gallon pots on my balcony. They've always grown great with lots of maters. This summer I decided I wanted to grow 2 slicers. I planted a Box Car Willie and Brandywine Red. The Box Car Willie came out smaller than a golf ball and tasted horrible. I suspect that the stake was the wrong tomato.

The Brandywine Red had lots of blossoms but all but 4 fell off before pollination. The 4 tomatoes I did get were tiny but they tasted great.

I get about 4 hours a day of afternoon sun. Is this the reason that I had such a bad season? Is there a tasty mater that does well with minimal sunlight? I hate to go back to Stupice and wait until Saturday to get my suspected, refrigerated tomato for my cheeseburger

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I also get very limited amounts of direct sun - I get almost five hours in the spring, but that continually drops to about three hours by early September. I feel your pain.


But you can grow tasty tomatoes with limited light. It's not ideal, but some of us have no other choice. Even Craig LeHoullier has limited light in his driveway garden (not as limited as you or I, but still less than what is considered 'ideal').


Since you can't control the amount of direct sunlight, focus on what you can control: Nutrients, PH, growing medium, etc.


I've never found a tomato that I couldn't grow in my adverse conditions. But some years Mother Nature wrecks our best laid plans. For me, this year has been the worst in memory as we had a terrible heatwave for three straight weeks in July. Those flower blossoms that didn't fall off (and a ton did), actually pollinated, and made it all the way to the breaker stage, were not very good tasting. Some recovery has happened, but this is just going to go down as an 'off year'. These type of climatic conditions happen sometimes... nothing anyone can do about it but to try again next season.




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I posted the above to Craig's Facebook page, thanks so much for your reply
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