hello, second harvest??

daninthedirt(Cent TX; HZ10, Sunset z30, USDA z8a)July 21, 2011

I've been growing cherry tomatoes for a decade. ALWAYS prolific and delicious. But this year, after a record harvest, just petering out now in mid July, my Sweet 100 vines/bushes (which are about eight feet tall now) are greening up with big new sprouts, which are loaded with new flowers. Huh? This is the first time I've seen that. Now, the temps are also 100F, but I've got the plants well mulched, and they get plenty of water.

Am I really looking at a second harvest in September?? How did I manage to do that? Last year or two I may have done Red Cherry. Is this a species characteristic of Sweet 100, or just dumb luck?

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dogwind(Z8a TX)

I planted sweet 100 last year. They produced more into the summer than any other variety, but eventually stopped producing mid summer, and I yanked-em out. Maybe you're on to something there...

    Bookmark   July 22, 2011 at 5:44PM
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digdirt2(6b-7a No.Cent. AR HZ8 Sun-35)

Uhhh, Sweet 100 is an indeterminate variety so yes, like all indeterminate varieties it will continue to grow and produce fruit - weather permitting - all season long unless killed by disease or a freeze.


    Bookmark   July 22, 2011 at 6:59PM
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daninthedirt(Cent TX; HZ10, Sunset z30, USDA z8a)

Well, sure it's indeterminate. I always plant indeterminate varieties. but I figured that meant that if the vines could be kept green, they'd continue to produce. My experience is that indeterminate varieties produce for an extended period of time, but then they depart. That's evidently not the way it works. The vines that produce do die off. What is surprising me is that new vines are sprouting and RAPIDLY growing! Those new vines have loads of flowers.

Like dogwind above, in the past, when the vines finally start to brown out after several months of production, I just yank 'em. Wrong move, it seems. Clear out the dead vines, water like crazy, and stand back! I didn't do it but some high N fertilizer might be good to apply at this point.

We'll see if these new flowers actually fruit ...

    Bookmark   July 22, 2011 at 9:24PM
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zzackey(8b GA)

High nitrogen will only produce nice green leaves, not fruit.

    Bookmark   July 23, 2011 at 3:42PM
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natal(Louisiana 8b)

I pulled 15 plants today, but left 7 and trimmed them up a bit. Sun Gold is still producing, although I'm only picking a few tomatoes a day right now. We'll see how they all do the next couple months.

    Bookmark   July 23, 2011 at 4:44PM
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daninthedirt(Cent TX; HZ10, Sunset z30, USDA z8a)

Yes, you're right, nitrogen fertilizer is a bad idea, especially now, with flowers out.

The issue will be fruit set, with nighttime lows around 75F and daytime highs around 100F. But Sweet 100s, I hear, are pretty tolerant of high temperatures. We'll see.

    Bookmark   July 23, 2011 at 9:57PM
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