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I followed the tips from your site on prepping the soil for our tomatoes this year and we've got a lot more tomatoes than we did last year - and we had a ton from 2 plants last year. Thanks for the great tips!

Love Apple Farm

We do discuss removing suckers in my Tomato Masters class. Perhaps you forgot my complicated lecture on that topic. I like to have people in front of me and with a tomato plant to discuss the removing suckers idea. Perhaps I'll do a blog post on that. I think I'll also do a blog post on the blossom drop. Short answer to that: it happens...many reasons for that...just wait and they will have their blossoms turn into fruit.

Cindy Hulet

Cynthia-I've taken your tomato masters class, your tomato seedling class and lastly your tomato cage making class. My plants are looking great and now it's just a waiting game for when my 10 heirloom plants will bring about all those tomatoes! My question is this...recently a friend has told me I MUST clip the "suckers" from the plants in order to get a more productive plant. Is this true, and how would I go about doing this, and doing it correctly? One more sister has some tomato plants that are having a problem with blossom drop. What contributes to this and what can she do about it? Thanks! - Cindy in Pacific Grove, CA

Love Apple Farm

Skip: I like both Chocolate Vintage and Hippy Zebra as similar to Vintage Wine.

Skip Curtis

I have had WONDERFUL success growing your Vintage Wine variety of tomato. I have just heard (4/5/09) that you will not be having any more this season. Could you recommend another of your tomatoes that would be similar to the Vintae WIne. Last year we got tomatoes from June into the 2nd week of December!!

Skip Curtis

Love Apple Farm

Blossom set, meaning that the flower turns into a fruit, is dependent on temps, both night time lows and day time highs. They don't want to set fruit below a night time low of 55 degrees, or above a day time high of 87 or so. We've had some fluctuating temps this season, and some varieties, in your garden, may be more fussy about their fruit set preferred temps. I wouldn't worry about it so much right now, particularly since your other toms are doing ok. If all of them were having problems, I would wonder about that. So just be patient. You'll get fruit off of those eventually.

Another issue can be fertilization of a blossom that is off of a potato leafed tomato plant. Varieties such as Brandywine, Green Giant, Valena Pink, and many others show this distinctive type of foliage. Those potato leafed plants sometimes have blossoms that are misshapen, and need an extra shake or "flick" of the blossom to make the stamen and pistil contact.

Carolyn Jung

I second that pesky problem. One tomato plant of mine has gotten lots of blossoms, but they don't turn into anything. Sigh. I have tomatoes growing on my other plants, but not this one. Is it not getting enough love? ;(


Lovely tomatoes! I am having a bit of a problem with mine. Wondering if you had any thoughts. I am getting plenty of blooms but the dry up and break at the knuckle before becoming a tomatoe! I must be doing something not quite right. Any thoughts?
Thanks in advance.

Love Apple Farm

Gosh, Vertie, that's awful that squirrels and birds get your tomatoes. I have heard of using statues of owls and flash tape to keep away birds (I don't know if those work). Squirrels, though, are harder. Short of enclosing your tomato patch with some sort of light weight structure (with a top), I don't know what to do about squirrels.


How do you keep your tomatoes free from squirrel and bird attacks while you let them ripen? If I leave mine to ripen completely on the vine, the squirrels take a big bite out of them before I can pick them.

(I do have a dog, but the squirrels seem to know when she is inside.-)


That's really interesting you mention 'hang time' it is so important. Supermarket tomatoes taste of nothing because they pick them too soon. Incidentally the lycopene levels in the tomato raise significantly the longer you leave them on the vine - so they are better for you!


Gorgeous! My first ripe tomatoes this year were 4 tigerellas and 1 "Wild Bill", all picked last week of June. I'm still nervous about the "ripe when green" tomatoes but now I know the "feel."


They look just beautiful is all. I've been picking wonderful, sweet Sun Golds from your seeds for the past two weeks--and they will fruit copiously for us until frost comes in the fall. Just wish we had more sun on our property to enjoy some of those varieties you have in the picture.


They look beautiful and delicious. Summer begins for me when the tomatoes are fully ripe.

Nate & Annie

Wow, your JD's Special C-Tex is smaller than mine! My first one was picked around the same time you picked yours (plant came from you!). Flavor was astounding.

Read all about my first bite on our blog.

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