So. Californians--tomatoes?

socksAugust 21, 2013

I usually don't get a bumper crop of tomatoes, but this year is the worst. The Rutgers has had 4-5 begin to get ripe. The Black Cherry has given me maybe 10. There are some green ones on both bushes, but they just don't ripen. I'm thinking it's the nighttime temps? 65 for tonight.

Anyone else having a year with a lack of tomatoes?

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emmarene

I am in zone 9 also. Planted two tomatoes this year.The one at my house flowered wonderfully but I got no tomatoes. The one at sisters house got three.

    Bookmark   August 21, 2013 at 6:44PM
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gardengal48

LOL!! Puget Sounder here and this is the best season for tomatoes we've had in years. It's been warm (75-80F typical for the last month) and dry but nites nowhere near 65........55 is more like it and sometimes even lower.

I've been harvesting tomatoes since the 4th of July and every nite I pick a bowlful of the cherries from only two plants. There are still tons more coming.

Normally it is us PNW'ers that gripe about poor tomato performance. Often by the time most are ripe or ready to be picked, the first frost arrives. This year completely different!

    Bookmark   August 21, 2013 at 7:10PM
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Phildeez(9b)

Central Valley, great year so far until the last couple weeks. Much better than the last 2 years.

    Bookmark   August 21, 2013 at 9:22PM
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socks

Maybe mine aren't getting enough sun. Oh well, I'll be going to the Farmer's Market!

    Bookmark   August 22, 2013 at 10:34AM
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yukkuri_kame(Sunset 19 / USDA 9)

I was traveling a lot from March - May when it was time to plant hot-season crops. I'm just getting a couple of cherries now. San Marzano are green.

I have heard experienced gardeners, especially near the coast complaining of tomato non-harvest.

    Bookmark   August 22, 2013 at 3:06PM
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akarinz

Had enormous problem with spider mites this year, so out of four plants, have not eaten one tomato :(

    Bookmark   August 22, 2013 at 6:54PM
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hoovb zone 9 sunset 23

Rat problems here, so not many this year, but still enough to enjoy.

The 'Principe de Bolognese' plants got very large and had very small fruit. Disappointed in those. I had fruit for weeks and weeks and it was so cool they just wouldn't ripen. Last year we got 500 lbs I think at least so can't complain. There's always next year...

    Bookmark   August 22, 2013 at 9:39PM
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onederw

Actually a pretty swell year. Sungold has been tremendous. Black Cherry--meh. Great production from a grafted Brandywine that is only now starting to taper off. Actually worth the huge expense of the plant ($10+). And as always, Green Zebras are the fave in both taste and yield.
Second crop is en route with plants started from seed from Wild Boar Farms--plants and young 'matoes look very robust, but September is coming. Watch this space.

Kay

    Bookmark   August 23, 2013 at 8:15PM
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CA Kate

Cherries were good early on, but its too hot now to set fruit. I've cut mine back so they will bear in the fall. Neither of the bigger varieties have had any tomatoes at all. Typical for Central Valley.

    Bookmark   August 23, 2013 at 10:21PM
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hidesertca(8)

Romas outstanding this year. Early girl very good. Better boy so so. Beefsteak's not good.

    Bookmark   August 23, 2013 at 10:55PM
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lgteacher(SCal)

Coastal Orange County - poor year for tomatoes. It is much cooler than normal and damp in the morning. If we get a hot spell in the next few weeks, maybe that will get them going.

    Bookmark   August 24, 2013 at 10:24AM
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MrClint

It was a another great tomato year. Bumper crops from Sun Gold, New Big Dwarf, Ace 55 and Husky Red Cherry. Black Krim was the only one that didn't pump out very many.

    Bookmark   August 24, 2013 at 7:42PM
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MrClint

It was a another great tomato year. Bumper crops from Sun Gold, New Big Dwarf, Ace 55 and Husky Red Cherry. Black Krim was the only one that didn't pump out very many.

    Bookmark   August 24, 2013 at 7:47PM
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hosenemesis(SoCal Sunset 19 USDA 8b)

I got a decent harvest from a Sungold planted in virgin soil in half-sun, but it's about done now. We are getting a few VFN hybrids from our own garden but the plant already looks finished. I tried some Sweet 100s in pots but they were bitter so I pulled them out months ago.
I'm not a tomato grower, that's for sure.

    Bookmark   August 24, 2013 at 7:54PM
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csross(9)

1st time gardener in Riverside, inland SoCal here. Only 4 small tomatoes from an Arkansas Traveller, but great production from a Purple Calabash, Champion, Sweet Million, and Yellow Pear. All my plants have some degree of foliar disease, especially the Sweet Million, but it's still pumping out more tomatoes than leaves!

I've read that in warm climates like mine, we can grow a second crop of fall tomatoes. Any suggestions on when to transplant, or what types to look for? I'm not interested in starting plants from seed, so only what I can get at a nursery.

Thanks!

    Bookmark   August 26, 2013 at 4:30PM
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nancy_in_venice_ca Sunset 24 z10

especially near the coast complaining of tomato non-harvest.

Oh yes, it's true.

I'm set to have a $3 tomato - one still green specimen on one plant.

Sungold produced maybe six, all of which are still green. At least these few set as earlier flowers were dropping.

    Bookmark   August 28, 2013 at 6:34PM
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manifest(USDA 11a, Sunset 24, CA)

We didn't get such a great crop this year. We had an early start with volunteers, but we're by the coast and had overcast days all summer. The only producers we had were Snow Whites, Sun Golds, Striped Chocolates and Paul Robesons.

Powdery mildew took hold so fast and aggressively that we pulled most of our vines three weeks ago.

    Bookmark   August 31, 2013 at 8:58PM
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manifest(USDA 11a, Sunset 24, CA)

We didn't get such a great crop this year. We had an early start with volunteers, but we're by the coast and had overcast days all summer. The only producers we had were Snow Whites, Sun Golds, Striped Chocolates and Paul Robesons.

Powdery mildew took hold so fast and aggressively that we pulled most of our vines three weeks ago.

    Bookmark   August 31, 2013 at 9:53PM
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