Northeast Gardening forum: Where are the tomato volunteers?

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Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
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pirl
Jul 1, 2016 6:54 PM CST
Generally we get hundreds of them each year but not one this year. Same thing for my neighbor. Neither of us used Preen, so what happened?
Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
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Newyorkrita
Jul 1, 2016 7:08 PM CST
pirl said:Generally we get hundreds of them each year but not one this year. Same thing for my neighbor. Neither of us used Preen, so what happened?


Don't know why you didn't get them. Here I have lots of volunteers.
Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
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pirl
Jul 1, 2016 7:28 PM CST
It's a puzzle.
Name: Rita
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Newyorkrita
Jul 1, 2016 7:35 PM CST
Shrug!
Name: Rob Duval
Mason, New Hampshire (Zone 5b)
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robertduval14
Jul 1, 2016 8:31 PM CST

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Plenty of them here as well...along with a whole lot of watermelon volunteers. I transplanted a few of the melons to an area outside my planned veggie garden and we'll see what happens. I also let about 4 of the tomato volunteers keep going as they sprung up in spots that fit in nicely with the rest of the garden. Those are almost always cherry or grape type 'maters, but occasionally I'll get one that produces slicers.
Name: Marilyn
CT (Zone 5b)
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RobinD
Jul 2, 2016 12:01 PM CST
I had about 6 cherry tom plants last summer....no volunteers this year....too dry!
Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
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pirl
Jul 3, 2016 8:03 AM CST
Dry weather can't be the cause here since our irrigation system goes on four times a week (well water). Seems the compost piles should be loaded with volunteers since so many tomatoes fell into them.
Name: Marilyn
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RobinD
Jul 3, 2016 9:42 AM CST
Well, I guess the seed may have frozen this winter because of no snow cover.....I know it went down to minus 15 here on Valentine's Day....that may have killed the seeds.....
Name: Natalie
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Natalie
Jul 3, 2016 9:48 AM CST
I've had more volunteers this year than I ever remember having before. I've always pulled them in the past, but decided to let one of them grow this year. Has anyone had a seedling that was so good that you wanted to plant it again? I'm kind of hoping that happens, but I expect that it will be the opposite!
Natalie
Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
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pirl
Jul 3, 2016 10:05 AM CST
Could be, Marilyn.

Some are very good! Try growing one and see how you like it.
Name: Natalie
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Natalie
Jul 3, 2016 10:09 AM CST
Thanks Arlene. I'm growing one and hoping for the best!
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Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
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pirl
Jul 3, 2016 10:28 AM CST
I usually allow the strongest one to live. Never had a terrible one and often they're quite good as anything we can grow from seed or buy.
Name: Marilyn
CT (Zone 5b)
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RobinD
Jul 3, 2016 2:52 PM CST
My volunteers have been mostly cherry toms & they have tasted just like the parent......
Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
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pirl
Aug 6, 2016 10:38 AM CST
Zounds! One day no volunteers and now so many!
Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
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Newyorkrita
Aug 6, 2016 10:48 AM CST
pirl said:Zounds! One day no volunteers and now so many!


The weather finally got hot enough and made them sprout. Thumbs up
Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
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pirl
Aug 6, 2016 11:18 AM CST
Three months late but still good to see them though it's very late. I doubt we'll get tomatoes from them but I do have several Sweet 100's.
Name: Natalie
North Central Idaho (Zone 7a)
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Natalie
Aug 6, 2016 11:46 AM CST
I haven't noticed any ripe tomatoes on my volunteers yet, but it's a tomato plant jungle out there! I need to take another look and see if I can find anything. I suspect at least one of mine could be from Sweet 100. I sure do love that tomato! Has anyone compared it to Super Sweet 100?
Natalie
Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Tomato Heads Houseplants Garden Ideas: Level 1 Photo Contest Winner: 2014 Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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pirl
Aug 6, 2016 1:15 PM CST
We've grown both in the past, and Sweet Million, but Sweet 100 is our favorite.
Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
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Newyorkrita
Aug 6, 2016 1:20 PM CST
Try Sweetie Cherry. It is sweeter than both Sweet 100 and Sweet Million.

http://www.highmowingseeds.com/organic-non-gmo-seeds-sweetie...
Name: Natalie
North Central Idaho (Zone 7a)
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Natalie
Aug 6, 2016 3:23 PM CST
Thanks Arlene. I've wondered about Sweet Million too, so I'll stick with Sweet 100.

I'll have to try that one Rita. The sweetest tomato I've ever had is Isis Candy. It's amazing, and it really is like eating candy. Anything sweeter than that would be almost too sweet! They are really pretty too, which is a bonus!

http://www.rareseeds.com/isis-candy-cherry-tomato/
Natalie

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