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hello everyone, can any of you advise as to what might be making my toms taste a bit acidic rather sweet? I have two types, both cherries - one free with Gardener's World and one from seeds from a beautifully sweet Tesco tomato - so I know they are both from decent stock. Is it lack of sun or lack of food?? Thanks! PS, all growing well, to expected size and ripening well - just not particularly sweet.

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  • Posted: Sun. 12th August 2012 19:20

Re: Acidic tomatoes

Reply from Kathy C

Hi, Lindsay,
It could be a number of things effecting flavour. Toms need 6-8 hours of sun a day. They also need a deep, thorough watering once a week, more frequently if it is hot & dry and/or they are grown in containers. They should be fed every 2 weeks. More water/rain will weaken flavour. Finally, allow them to fully ripen on the vine as this will increase sugar content.
Kathy C

  • Posted: Mon. 13th August 2012 22:13

Re: Acidic tomatoes

Reply from Glensgirl

Hi Kathy
They're in the ground in a very sunny spot (south east facing) but they've dried a couple of times so I think I'm guilty there..! I've fed them and they've recovered so hopefully the rest of the developing fruit will forgive me! I've grown tomatoes successfully in the past - but this year has been a bit 'hit or miss' with watering in the garden in between torrential rain and hosepipe bans!! Thanks for taking the time to respond, Lindsay

  • Posted: Wed. 15th August 2012 13:42

Re: Acidic tomatoes

Reply from Carol

Anything grown from seeds collected from a tomato is likely to come up a bit different, unfortunately. The joys of plants making seed!

  • Posted: Tue. 21st August 2012 13:43