Thursday, 4 February 2010

Tomato Maskotka

Maskotka is a bush cherry variety that I grew last season for the first time.

I now rate it among the best cherry varieties for container growing and I shall grow it again in 2010.

Its taste is excellent, it produces a good amount and the size is slightly larger than the average cherry tom such as Garden Pearl or Tumbling Tom.

I grew it in large pots to give it plenty of room. This usually produces a slightly larger fruit than if grown in crowded conditions.

If the weather is hot and you have a small container or hanging basket with several tomato plants in, you may need to water several times a day!

Adding water retaining gel or perlite to the soil/compost helps stop the soil from drying out. However, tomato plants, when fruiting, need lots of water and nutrients.

The taste of tomatoes may change from season to season depending on the amount of sun the plants receive.

In my experience I have found that a poor tasting variety one season, can have an excellent taste the following season. The amount of water or rain the plants receive, as the fruits swell, also has an influence on the taste.

Because of this, it is good to give a new variety two or three seasons to make a judgement on its taste - I hope it tastes as good this season!

2 comments:

Jane Ellis said...

The best way to support your tomato plants is with The Tomato Stake.

Easier to use than metal cages or upside down planters, stronger than bamboo and won't rot like wood stakes. The built-in twist-tie supports make tying your tomato plants easy!

info said...

I have been planting Maskotka toms for a number of years, originally inside, but last year I had too many plants and left a couple outside, needless to say the ones left outside produced a significantly better crop. This year I planted four bush varieties for growing outdoors in pots: Auriga, Maskotka, Maya, and Siberian. They were started off indoors and planted out in a mix of potting compost and grow-bag compost just before the last frosts (covered overnight with sheet foam). To date, the Maskotka has produced a much greater crop than any of the other varieties. All have survived the winds of Galway. Blight has also known to be a problem in the area, but Maskotka seem to be fairly resistant.