I was really impressed with The Tiniest Tomato of the Year at May Dreams Gardens and at The Gardeners Anonymous Blog. Wow! I’ve always wanted to win a contest, so I’m entering myself in the Tallest Tomatoes Vines contest and am officially declaring myself the winner! It seems there has never been a contest before for tall tomato vines, but nevertheless, there is one now.
What clued me in to my unusually tall vines was when my neighbor stopped by. He looked over the garden fence and said “What’s with the tomato plants?” I hadn’t noticed how tall they were getting.
So on September 3 (Labor Day) I got out the ladder and measured my tomatoes. I recorded a full 9 feet! 112 inches! If you have tall tomato vines too, please send in your heights. Of course to win this contest, you will need to have measurements recorded on September 3rd. Yes, it’s a rigged contest. But I would still love to hear that others have outrageously tall vines too.
My winning vine is a New Girl tomato plant. I think the trick to growing tall plants is to plant them too close together. I have squeezed 20 plants into a space of about 7 x 5 feet. That’s 1.75 sq ft per plant. I faithfully remove all suckers until the plants are about 5 feet tall. They have very good soil with lots of compost and fertilizer and are watered regularly. The location has sun from about 10:30 am on.
My tomatoes usually continue to grow into October, so this plant may grow another foot or two taller.
(As a footnote, I notice that Wikipedia cites the following tomato information: The heaviest tomato ever was one of 3.51 kg (7 lb 12 oz), of the cultivar ‘Delicious’, grown by Gordon Graham of Edmond, Oklahoma in 1986. The largest tomato plant grown was of the cultivar ‘Sungold’ and reached 19.8 m (65 ft) length, grown by Nutriculture Ltd (UK) of Mawdesley, Lancashire, UK, in 2000. These don’t count for my contest, so I still win.)
I think I’ll make a little button for my sidebar to say I have won this esteemed honor.
photos of Kathy