Nation of Gardeners results: Tomato Orange Slice

Tomato Orange Slice is a new variety of tomato that is yet to be trialled by Mr Fothergill’s.  This variety produces large orange fruits which can weigh over 300g, bred for colour and flavour and is suitable for greenhouse growing only.

Our Nation of Gardeners were asked to sow Tomato Orange Slice in February 2014 as part of a trial on this tomato that will run in tandem with the trials at Mr Fothergill’s trial grounds in Kentford.   The gardeners were asked to record details such as when the plant produces its first fruit from date of sowing, yield over the season, and the flavour to check for any variations around the country.

The table below charts their progress.

Location Elevation Date planted Date first signs of growth Notes
Cheshire 49m 27 February 10 March Sown in North East facing room in house at 20 degrees C
Renfrewshire 28m
North Devon 30-50m 16 February 25 February Sown at approx 16 degrees indoor propagator – no heat source in East facing room.  8 out of 12 germinated.
Worcestershire 55m 7 March Sown in unheated greenhouse at 14 degrees C in south facing position.
Derbyshire 39m
Cumbria 90m
Ceredigion 131m 20 February 27 February Sown at 16 degrees C in house (utility room) with North West facing aspect.  Repotted 14 March.  Weaker root system than other two varieties.
Bristol 55m 23 February 4 March Sown in south facing conservatory at approx 19 degrees C.
Suffolk 6m 16 February 22 February Sown at 23 degrees C into propagator. Pricked out 1 March
Hertfordshire 150m 23 February Sown in north facing room in window sill unheated propagator.  approx 7-15 degrees C.
Surrey 58m 23 February 5 March Sown in heated greenhouse at approx 20 degrees C
Pontypridd 157m 16 February 21 February 75% germination 3 out of 4. Transplanted on 24 February to stop them getting leggy.
Buckinghamshire 66m 16 February 26 February By 5 March the tomatoes are about 1 inch high.
Guildford 56m 23 February c. 26/27 February 2 out of 6 germinated.Quick to germinate on heated tray – within a few days. Have not been quick enough to remove plastic cover once first shoots appeared, hence have had problems with “damping off” – more h to remove plastic cover once first shoots appeared, hence have had problems with “damping off” – more should have germinated rather than shrivelled!
Gloucestershire 74m 13 January
Derbyshire 241m 22 February 24 February Sown in heated propagator until germinated then moved to covered unheated propagator on windowsill.  5 out of 6 germinated.  Less sturdy looking than other two varieties. 29 March: transplanted to own pots as very leggy.  22 April: looking strong

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