Home-grown Tomato survey 2010 : THE RESULTS!

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Home-grown Tomato survey 2010 : THE RESULTS!
« on: December 02, 2010, 19:23 »
Although we encourage people to search the forums for information, having tried to discover recommendations for tomato varieties to grow next year I found the threads were scattered far and wide, so I thought a ranking list of members favourite varieties might be helpful to many of us.

There are literally hundreds of different types of tomato seeds to choose from, so rather than trying to set up ready-made polls for so many potential choices I would like to invite you to add a reply to this "sticky" nominating your choices.

Please make no more than two choices, which can be either cordon (indeterminate) or bush (determinate) and can be anything from large, plum-shaped and red, to tiny, round and yellow, but remember this is a survey of recommendations, not failures!

Against each choice, please give a rating out of 10 for yield and flavour so that they can be included in the final list.

Your entry should therefore look something like:

Red Firecracker; yield 8, flavour 10
Yellow fever; yield 10, flavour 7
 

I will collate the results into a table after a few weeks, and will have a go at adding information such as fruit size, colour, shape, and whether cordon or bush.

If we get a good response I will ask Aunty to find a more permanent home for it on the forum.

Thanks!  :)




Thanks to all who have already posted, but we need MORE RESPONSES to make the results really meaningful (can there really be only about 30 tomato growers out of 15,000 members?)

Will let it run for another couple of weeks before collating the results.

JayG




Here are the results of the Home-grown tomato survey"; thanks to all those who took the trouble to participate.

A few points about the results:

1) Only those varieties which received more than 2 votes have been included in the top ten; these are shown in red and have been listed in order of the overall combined average scores for yield and flavour. I was unable to find any information for Italian plum (generic?) or Lucibell.

2) The number of votes received was too low to make these results statistically significant, but they do give at least some indication of some of the varieties being grown out there and what you think of them.
Ill leave you all to draw your own conclusions!  :)

3) I have done my best to classify the varieties according to whether they are bush/cordon (determinate/indeterminate) and also an indication as to fruit size, shape and colour. I will gladly correct any major errors, but please dont split hairs when it comes to pear-shape versus plum-shape, or semi-bush versus semi-cordon (these terms are often used quite loosely by different websites!)

Hope the survey has been of some interest and possibly help to visitors and members.

JayG  (Jon)


Variety             No.of votes Av yield Av flavour Overall (y/f)   bush/cordon   Fruit type
Sungold F1          
100's and 1000's
Sweet Million F1
Moneymaker
Shirley F1
Red Alert
Black Cherry
Gartenperle
Brandywine
Gardeners Delight

Rio Grande
Golden Sunrise
Golden Cherry
Russian Black
Sprite
Tommy Toe
Tigerella
Ildi
Marmande
Bambino
Costoluto Fiorentino
Costoluto Genovese
Giant Belgium
Matina
Rosada F1
Saint Pierre
Canestino di Lucca
Sweet Olive
Alicante
Sioux
Ailsa Craig
San Marzano
Gold nugget
Purple Ukraine
Roma
Italian plum
Lucibell
10            
4
5
3
4
3
4
4
3
6
1
2
1
1
1
1
2
2
2
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
9.8          
10.0
9.6
10.0
9.0
9.0
7.8
9.0
7.7
8.5
10.0
9.5
9.0
9.0
9.0
10.0
8.5
10.0
9.5
8.0
8.0
9.0
8.0
8.0
9.0
8.0
7.0
8.0
8.0
7.0
7.0
6.0
5.0
3.0
3.0
9.9                
9.0
8.8
8.3
9.0
8.7
9.5
8.3
9.3
8.3
10.0
10.0
10.0
10.0
10.0
9.0
10.0
8.0
8.5
10.0
10.0
9.0
10.0
10.0
9.0
10.0
10.0
9.0
8.0
9.0
8.0
9.0
8.0
10.0
7.0
9.9          
9.5
9.2
9.2
9.0
8.8
8.6
8.6
8.5
8.4

10.0
9.8
9.5
9.5
9.5
9.5
9.3
9.0
9.0
9.0
9.0
9.0
9.0
9.0
9.0
9.0
8.5
8.5
8.0
8.0
7.5
7.5
6.5
6.5
5.0
cordon            
bush
cordon
cordon
cordon
bush
cordon
bush
cordon
cordon
bush
cordon
cordon
cordon
bush
cordon
cordon
cordon
semi-bush
bush
cordon
cordon
cordon
cordon
cordon
bush
cordon
cordon
cordon
semi-bush
cordon
cordon
cordon
cordon
semi-bush
medium gold
cherry
cherry
medium round
medium round
small round
cherry
cherry
beefsteak
medium round
pear
medium yellow
cherry golden
medium round
cherry
cherry
medium round
mini pear yellow
beefsteak
cherry
beefsteak
beefsteak
beefsteak
medium round
plum
medium round
pear
medium round
medium round
medium round
medium round
plum
cherry golden
plum
plum
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How about I kick off with:

Gartenperle; yield 9, flavour 9
Golden Nugget; yield 5, flavour 8

:)
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Well for what it's worth....
Moneymaker: yield 10, flavour 8
Matina: yield 8, flavour 10
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Sweet Olive.....yield 8.....flavour 9

Sweet Millions.....yield 9.....flavour 9

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Well it's hard to keep to just two but a couple deserve a mention.

Sungold F1, Flavour 10 yield 10
Black cherry, flavour 10 yield 6

These are the two I would grow year after year for flavour and colour if I get the growing conditions right.  There are others, but these are the two I would nominate as special.
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Black Cherry flavour 10......... yield 8
San Marzano (only use cooked) flavour 9............ yield 6

Still try different ones as well each year in the hope of finding the 'perfect' one though  :D
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sioux yield 7 flavour 9
lucibell yeild 8 flavour 8

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Gardener's delight ; yield 8, taste 7
Purple Ukraine; yield (ignoring end rot) 3, taste 10 (sharp, slightly unripe) and 10 (v sweet, well ripe)

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Pasta tom' "Rio Grande"  yield - 10, flavour - 10.

Beefsteak tom'  "Brandywine"  Yield 7, flavour - 10.
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Alicante                           Yield; 8     Flavour; 8
F1 Sweet Million               Yield; 10   Flavour; 8

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Gartenperle - yield 10, flavour 9

Red Alert - yield 8, flavour 10

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Gardener's delight: yield 8, taste 7

Bambino: yield 8 taste 10!!!
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Sungold :  yield 9  flavour 10

Shirley :     yield 10  flavour 9


these are my "stock"  varieties,
grow lots of others as well.

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Brandywine: yield 7, flavour 10
Black cherry: yield 8, flavour 9

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Costoluto Genovese: yield 9 flavour 9: beef tomato best for sauces but also ok in salads http://www.harvestwizard.com/2008/08/costoluto_genovese_tomato.html

Sweet Million: Yield 10 flavour 9: cherry tomato sweet and tasty
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