This year I have tried growing Green Zebra tomatoes for the first time with good success. The above plant was also a departure from my usual practice of starting from seed. Although I did start the parent plant from seed, but this plant was started from a thinning out of leaders which I did to produce a tall original plant, devoid of lower growth. So as the original plant was growing I took off all the lower growths in an attempt to reduce the chance of disease working it's way up the plant as is the norm in our humid conditions. The tomato plant shown was started from one of these thinnings or cuttings. It was around 200mm long and I buried it quite deeply in the soil in an attempt to get the plant to form roots along the length of the buried stem. It took a while to take off but as you can see it is now tall, vigorous and producing some good sized fruit. I have mostly kept the fruit covered with vege netting, using some old netting that has shredded somewhat due to sun exposure, and a couple of the fruit have been attacked by fruit fly, but the majority is OK. Now that the cooler nights are starting I may be able to do away with these.
The fruit is of a good flavour, but the ripeness is harder to judge than a normal tomato as it doesn't redden at all. The stripes slightly yellow and it is the softness of the fruit which is the real way of assessing it's ripeness. I will certainly be growing these again! If anyone who is going to Daley's wants some seed I'll bring along a few tomatoes. Let me know please.
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