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Post  lisaphoto on 5/2/2012, 12:04 pm

I have too many tomato plants, and not enough room. Please help me decide which varieties I should plant. Here is my list:

Riesenstraube
Old German
Orange Minsk
Beef Master
Black Cherry
Cherokee Purple
Ananas Noire
Brandy wine
Mr. Stripey
Aussie
College Challenger
Rutgers
Marglobe
Golden Jubilee
Black Krim (this one is a definite)
Dr. Lyle
Rio Grande
Ed's Millenium

I am wondering if any of these would do well in containers. I know Rutgers, Marglobe, and Rio Grande are Determinate.

I probably have room for one of each variety listed, but am wondering if some would be worth a duplicate. Some of the plants are bigger than others b/c I bought them from a nursery (Mr. Stripey, Black Krim, Golden Jubilee, Rutgers, Marglobe, and Old German)

Other varieties I have already put aside for containers are Bush Goliath, Early Girl, and red and yellow cherry.

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Post  camprn on 5/2/2012, 12:11 pm

@lisaphoto wrote:I have too many tomato plants, and not enough room. Please help me decide which varieties I should plant. Here is my list:

Riesenstraube
Old German
Orange Minsk
Beef Master
Black Cherry
Cherokee Purple
Ananas Noire
Brandy wine
Mr. Stripey
Aussie
College Challenger
Rutgers
Marglobe
Golden Jubilee
Black Krim (this one is a definite)
Dr. Lyle
Rio Grande
Ed's Millenium

I am wondering if any of these would do well in containers. I know Rutgers, Marglobe, and Rio Grande are Determinate.

I probably have room for one of each variety listed, but am wondering if some would be worth a duplicate. Some of the plants are bigger than others b/c I bought them from a nursery (Mr. Stripey, Black Krim, Golden Jubilee, Rutgers, Marglobe, and Old German)

Other varieties I have already put aside for containers are Bush Goliath, Early Girl, and red and yellow cherry.

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Post  lisaphoto on 5/2/2012, 12:17 pm

Other option: Put peppers and eggplant in containers and use the sfg for the tomatoes. Would this work? How many tomato plants is too many in a 4x4 sfg? I was thinking about putting tomatoes and other tall plants around most of the edges and and any square I can't reach be for onions and garlic

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Post  lisaphoto on 5/2/2012, 12:32 pm

I was totally confused by the happy birthday , and then I looked and under my avatar said I was t 31 Shocked . Somehow my birth month got changed on my profile, it should be July 2nd, not may second.

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Post  chjbr63 on 5/2/2012, 12:44 pm

I have similar problem, 9 tomato plants and only 4 squares for them. I don't have the heart to get rid of any of them. I'm putting 2 cherry's in upside down hanging 4.5 gal containers and the rest in 5 gal buckets. Got the buckets free from bakery dept at my supermarket. Have done it this way for a few years and as long as you prune and water a lot they do well.

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Post  quiltbea on 5/2/2012, 12:58 pm

You can put any determinates in pots if the pots are big enough, 10" or larger, with stakes or tomato towers. If space is really tight, I would put peppers and eggplant in pots because they can grow just fine in pots to make room in your beds for tomatoes. I do the same myself.

I know that Black Cherry, an indeterminate, is Very prolific and has a dark, tasty tomato. I've even roasted them for recipes later and they are very tasty.



Above: Black cherry toms from one of my plants.

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Post  walshevak on 5/2/2012, 1:02 pm

That is the reason for the bucket brigade at my son's house. He couldn't bear to throw away or even give away the excess seedlings. So he made more MM and bought 5 gal buckets. We revamped the bed plans so only 2 are there and the rest are in 30 buckets. Says he is determined to have some tomatos this year.

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Post  lisaphoto on 5/3/2012, 9:44 am

I was able to fit one of every variety in, and doubles of black cherry, brandywine, cherokee purple, orange minsk, golden jubilee, and I think old german. I still have some seedlings left that I don't quite know what to do with. I now have over 30 tomato plants planted between the garden, and containers, and still have some red and yellow cherries to go in containers. I don't know what to do with the rest. I think maybe I'll post on facebook to see if anyone wants them.

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Post  TN_GARDENER on 5/3/2012, 12:15 pm

@lisaphoto wrote:I was able to fit one of every variety in, and doubles of black cherry, brandywine, cherokee purple, orange minsk, golden jubilee, and I think old german. I still have some seedlings left that I don't quite know what to do with. I now have over 30 tomato plants planted between the garden, and containers, and still have some red and yellow cherries to go in containers. I don't know what to do with the rest. I think maybe I'll post on facebook to see if anyone wants them.

I frequently do the same thing and have extra plants.

I usually find a home for them. Most of the time I simply bring them to work with me or just leave them at my friend/neighbors house with a note. I'm getting better and actually coordinating with a couple friends n neighbors on some seed/plant swaps.

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