In 2016 I planted most tomato seeds on a heat mat, I have written the planting date for all of the varieties as well as the date they flowered and when the fruit first ripened. They all germinated well, but they did not grow past cotyledon stage for an exceptionally long time.
My garden was over run with Rutherglen bugs for quite a lot of spring, they swarmed over the growing tips of all my plants causing a lot of bud drop and other issues. Once the Rutherglen bugs started to disappear the green vegetable bugs picked up in number.
All of this means that my tomato season is very late this year. I planted out tiny seedlings at their second leaf stage at 05/11/2016.
|Angora 82, variation in fruit shape on the same plant|
Micro Tom seeds planted 02/10/2016, germinated 11/10/2016, flowered 22/11/2016, first fruit ripe 07/01/2017. Micro Tom is the smallest variety of tomato ever bred and I have never had one over 10cm tall. This plant yields about 10 tomatoes per plant. The taste is far from amazing, but I have eaten many varieties that were worse. Micro Tom has regular leaf, is a micro dwarf, and is determinate.
Igloo seeds planted 20/08/2016, germinated 27/08/2016, flowered 09/12/2016, first ripe fruit 18/01/2017. These are sturdy stocky short plants that are the most productive determinate tomato I have ever grown! This was the first tomato that I ever bred and I am rather fond of it and glad to have it back again. This looks a lot like 'Little Oak Like' but if far far more productive and not quite as tasty. Extremely large yields of round red tomatoes over a surprisingly long season for a determinate plant. It had a lot of blossom end rot early this year which disappeared later in the season. Update - if the fruit is left to almost over ripen it tastes just as good as Little Oak Like. Igloo tomato has regular leaf and is semi-determinate or determinate.
Tommy Toe seeds planted 24/09/2016, germinated 09/10/2016, first ripe fruit 20/01/2017. These are tall plants with many flowers and small red round fruit. These taste pretty good, not anywhere near as good as Little Oak Like, but still very nice. They produce rather tall and rampant plants which produced very large yields over a long season. Tommy Toe tomato has regular leaf and is indeterminate.
|Paprika Shaped tomato|
|Unripe - Helsing Junction Blues|
|Helsing Junction Blue|
|Helsing Junction Blue|
Summertime Gold seeds planted 11/09/2016, germinated 25/09/2016, flowered 16/12/2016, first ripe fruit 10/02/2017. This one was bred by the Dwarf Tomato Breeding Project but was strangely tall for a dwarf. It has some of the largest potato leaves that I have seen and is a stunningly ornamental plant. A lot of flowers aborted for some reason which is why the time from flowering to ripe fruit is so long. The yellow tomatoes taste pretty good, much nicer than I was expecting. Unfortunately it was dreadfully unproductive and besotted with every pest in the area, I may grow it next year to see if it was just a bad year. Summertime Gold tomato has potato leaf, is dwarf and is indeterminate.
|Dwarf Jade Beauty|
Sarah's Galapagos seeds planted 20/08/2016, germinated 29/08/2016, flowered 07/01/2017, first ripe fruit 14/02/2017. Originally found growing wild on one of the the Galapagos Islands and the fruit is eaten by the tortoises there. This is likely a stable natural hybrid of several wild tomato species. This grew delicious and tiny cherry tomatoes. The yield was late but once it started it produced masses of tiny fruits. Sarah's Galapagos tomato has regular leaf and is indeterminate.
|Japanese Black Trifele|
Snow White seeds planted 20/08/2016, germinated 01/09/2016, flowered 10/01/2017, first ripe fruit 21/02/2017. Normally this is my first tomato to ripen, something is amiss this year! These are delicious and fruity tasting cherry tomatoes that my children adore. Usually it is incredibly productive, this year not so much as it didn't have long before the frosts came. Snow White tomato has regular leaf and is indeterminate.
Totem seeds planted 10/09/2016, germinated 25/09/2016, flowered 11/12/2016, first ripe fruit 22/02/2017. Why did I even grow this, Yuck, what a dreadful tomato. It took a long time to ripen, it had a very low yield, and it tasted dreadful. The only nice feature is that the plants only got to about 1 foot tall, but so did several others that tasted far better and gave much larger crops. I haven't saved seeds as I do not intend to ever grow it again. It possibly even tastes worse and has a lower yield than Black Russian, and that tomato is horrible. Totem tomato has regular leaf and is determinate.
Unnamed Yellow seeds planted 20/08/2016, germinated 28/08/2016, first ripe fruit 04/03/2017. This is a great tomato, very pretty, nice size, great taste. Normally they are a lot faster to ripen, this plant was absolutely covered in ripening fruit when the frosts came. Unnamed yellow has regular leaf and is indeterminate.
I grew a few other tomatoes this year too, but have decided not to include them in the list as many are not overly stable varieties yet.
Heirloom tomato seed for sale
I sell seed of some of these varieties of tomatoes, along with other rare organic heirloom vegetable seeds, gourmet herbs and perennial vegetables on my for sale page.