This past summer I just couldn’t resist trying to grow these tomato trees. With promises of several pounds of delicious red tomatoes, I had my hopes set very high. I love to garden so when I come across something new or different I might procrastinate a little but in the end I usually have to try it out.
I always grow at least thirty to forty tomato plants each year. With that in mind, I figured what the heck, my soil is good enough for regular tomatoes, so it should be good enough for tomato trees.
Don’t judge me too quick. I know in all honesty this “tree” isn’t going to grow 6 feet tall and produce a hundred pounds of tomatoes. I garden mainly for fun. I do use the food, but it’s more of a hobby for me.
So this past early spring, I placed my order for only two tomato tree plants. At the same time I started my own tomato seeds inside my home.
I roughly paid $10.00 for the two trees and I paid $1.50 for my tomato seeds that I had started. I have my own compost and I make my own starter pots from old newspapers so no extra cost there.
I recieved my tomato trees roughly a week and a half after I had placed my order. In all honesty, they looked just like tomato plants. Yes, they were taller than my little sprouts, but the season is still early. I measured my tomato tree plants and they were roughly 2 feet tall.
It was still kind of early in the season so I kept my trees indoors and did the general upkeep on the plants-watering and feeding.
In May it was time to plant. My little seedling have grown quite alot, but there was no remarkable difference in my tomato trees.
I transplanted my tomatoes outdoors and tended them. My tomato trees did require some staking. The base of the tomato tree plants did not look healthy and green, but I have seen alot worse and the plant had survived.
The unfortunate thing about this past season’s tomatoes, is that none of my “big” tomatoes did well. My area just recieved to much rain in the growing season.
My heirloom cherry and grape tomatoes produced like crazy, but all the other plants ( including the trees) produced fruit that was rotted through the middle.
The trees did get larger, no more than 4 feet tall. In a good season my regular tomato plants can reach that height when staked up.
My advice to you all is: if you garden for fun, try a tomato tree. If you are gardening to help support your family, it’s a waste of money. You’ll get just as much fruit from plants as you would the more expensive trees.
Before purchasing, always shop around. Only purchase from a reputable source and just know if your growing season is unfavorable, you still might end up wasting your money.
It’s a great concept. I wish I would have had more favorable conditions, but that’s okay.
I think I just stick with starting my own seeds cheaply from now on. At least, until something new appears in the gardening realm.