How do I achieve bigger tomatoes?

AmandaShivonne(9)July 2, 2014

Hello all,
It is clear many of you have this all down to a fine science while I Am flying by the seat of my pants this first year of gardening! I have 4 tomatoe plants, 2 early girl, 1 ace 55 and 1 roma. My roma is producing the biggest I've ever seen for romas but my other 3 are so tiny, usually just golf ball sized to raquetball sized. I fertilize every 2 weeks with miracle gro and water every other day or so. Between the 4 plants, theyve produced 125 tomatoes so far,but II'd love them to be bigger! What are your best tips? thanks!

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vinnybob(z8Oregon)

The ones you grew are not actually the real big variety. Just look up "huge tomato varieties" and you will get many responses. A variety I once grew was Big Zac and they were huge. There are many others.

    Bookmark   July 3, 2014 at 2:05AM
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sheltieche

Browse around there are plenty of info for newbie. Usually everything starts with really good soil... here is article I like but there is more and Soil forum is informative.
Size of variety plays big role too.
Miracle grow generally produces lush foliage and few tomatoes. The company is not known to care about health of the planet or quality of their products- my opinion.

Here is a link that might be useful: quality soil

    Bookmark   July 3, 2014 at 10:11AM
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missingtheobvious(Blue Ridge 7a)

What about taste?

Another consideration is not only the size of the fruit, but the number of cells and the meatiness (as opposed to a variety which has large cells and a large proportion of gel: a good beefsteak variety compared to the large-celled Rutgers, say).

    Bookmark   July 3, 2014 at 10:27AM
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growneat

You will never get a really big tomato unless you grow a variety that produces big tomatoes. There are lots of these available to you. Take a look at Belgium Giant and Delicious, both heirloom and Big Zac which is a hybrid. Look at the Totally Tomatoes catalog which has a section dedicated to giant tomatoes. The seeds are out there but then again, what about taste?

    Bookmark   July 3, 2014 at 10:41AM
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AmandaShivonne(9)

Thank you for the responses! I have been getting the gist that miracle grow is not preferred, and also the sorry excuses for products you can accidentally buy in the gardening aisle. (I just bought 'Neem oil' in a hurry only to realize that it was 1% neem oil and 90% pesticides that kill bees and are toxic!) But that's a whole different thread...

My 2 early girls are in half-barrels, with miracle grow potting mix and my other 2 are in a raised bed in 1 part peet, 1 part bagged compost and 1 part bagged garden soil from lowes.. there is a grape tomato plant inbetween in the raised bed that produces like crazy and is huge, all flowers, but the tomatoes are gravel sized! I am going to read on soil now, thank you

    Bookmark   July 3, 2014 at 10:43AM
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AmandaShivonne(9)

Thank you for the responses! I have been getting the gist that miracle grow is not preferred, and also the sorry excuses for products you can accidentally buy in the gardening aisle. (I just bought 'Neem oil' in a hurry only to realize that it was 1% neem oil and 90% pesticides that kill bees and are toxic!) But that's a whole different thread...

My 2 early girls are in half-barrels, with miracle grow potting mix and my other 2 are in a raised bed in 1 part peet, 1 part bagged compost and 1 part bagged garden soil from lowes.. there is a grape tomato plant inbetween in the raised bed that produces like crazy and is huge, all flowers, but the tomatoes are gravel sized! I am going to read on soil now, thank you

    Bookmark   July 3, 2014 at 10:44AM
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AmandaShivonne(9)

I dont need them to be huge, just the size they should be. I'd like to see them reach their full potential. I am excited for next year's garden to really research taste and size before plopping the first green thing I see into the ground ;)

    Bookmark   July 3, 2014 at 10:48AM
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AmandaShivonne(9)

My Early Girls and Grape Tomatoes

    Bookmark   July 3, 2014 at 10:54AM
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sheltieche

My recent most favorite tomato fertilizer is Texas Tomato food. All I can say is wow about it, great stuff. One has to order it on line though unless in the area, but customer service is superb and delivery is in couple of days.

Here is a link that might be useful: tomato food

    Bookmark   July 3, 2014 at 1:37PM
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seysonn(8a WA/HZ 1)

1- Variety is the first factor.
2- Care and growing conditions:
---- This includes a lot of things : Temps, Sun, Soil, Ferts,
Climate, Watering,
3- Reducing burden on the plant. Obviously, a plant growing wild, no trimming, no pruning, with zillions of flowers, tiny fruits.. is not going to produce many large fruits.

    Bookmark   July 3, 2014 at 2:46PM
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