Tomatoes have sometimes done very well for me, sometimes nothing has ripened outdoors. 2010 was a "nothing ripened year, plus they got that blight that turned fruit brown and mushy. So I didn't grow them last year but am trying again this year. I thought I'd try some in pots on the deck, so was going to grow 2 pots of "Tumbler", which is a cherry tomato designed for containers, plus one pot of Sophie's Choice, which is a heritage variety from Edmonton that is kind of like the better known Sub-Arctic Maxi. I got the seeds for Sophie's Choice from an on-line heritage seed company, and I got the seeds for Tumbler from ebay. Planted them inside at the end of March and planted them in pots on the deck on May 13, moving them to protection when frost threatened. All was looking good on May 27, with the Sophie's choice the middle pot and the Tumblers on either side. The pots are 12" deep and 14" diameter.
The Tumbler are supposed to spill (tumble) down the sides of the pot, setting big bunches of cherry tomatoes. As June progressed they were clearly growing strongly upright, with no signs of tumbling at all. Ah the follies of ebay seeds! The only question was whether they were even cherry tomatoes because beefsteaks would not be good for pots. Thankfully, they clearly are cherry tomatoes, with the biggest fruit now about the size of a grape and very green. The Sophie's Choice does appear legitimate, with the biggest fruit about golf ball size and very green.
Today (July 1) I decided I had to prune them as I was having to water the cherry tomatoes every other day. So here they are before and after pruning/staking. The pruning was pretty brutal, but I'm much happier with things now. The Sophie's Choice is the spreading plant in front of the two cherry tomatoes and it has never been pruned.
BTW, doe anyone know a good source for Tumbler tomatoes for next year (no ebay links allowed! :)