Tiny Tim

I sowed this Tiny Tim tomato in May and it quietly grew on a window sill until late August when I moved it outside.   Do you think it will set fruit this early?

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25 Responses to Tiny Tim

  1. I don’t see why not – if it has produced flowers it must have that intention.

  2. I think it will set fruit but it might not be the best tasting. I have to confess I have picked a lot of flowers off my tomatoes so it puts more effort into growing strongly. Good luck

    • Liz says:

      So sensible…I do think you’re right about the tasting though they do need heat to develop decent flavour don’t they? I think the kids will still be excited by them though.

  3. Nina says:

    You have flowers. On your tomatoes. Already. Sheesh, Liz! Who are you? Superwoman? You are making this lesser mortal feel incredibly inadequate.

    Nah, good on you, I’m most impressed. I slavishly follow the recommendations for ideal sowing times on the packets. I’ve often thought (and you are verifying it) that I probably should sow a lot earlier (and not just tomatoes). I mean, that must be why we are seeing almost full-grown tomato plants in the nurseries now, while mine are just showing their first true leaves.

    Still, once the weather warms a little more, they will take off like the clappers (I keep telling myself). I just love this time of the year!

    • Liz says:

      I think you can get tomatoes to germinate with a bit of protection/warmth pretty much all year (unlike eggplant, chillies and the cucurbits which need a bit more heat). the trick is getting them to fruit which is why I’m qutie excited by these – having said that i would be far from shocked if all the flowers fell off because its too cold just yet. I do have another plant in the Bunnings special which is also flowering that I’m holding out more hope for. We shall see….

  4. Jo says:

    It will be lovely if you manage to get some early tomatoes, nothing tastes as good as home grown.

    • Liz says:

      I will be very excited I can tell you, for the taste but also for the savings – they are really expensive in the shops here at the moment.

  5. Mark Willis says:

    In a word, “Yes”. I’m sure it will bide its time and flourish when your weather warms up.

    • Liz says:

      I will be interested to see how much earlier it is, if at all, than the late winter planted seedlings, does early planting really make a difference?

  6. I would hope so. Tomatoes are tough “cookies”!

  7. Sarah says:

    Having a garden in Yorkshire really doesn’t qualify me to comment on growing early tomatoes – but from all the flowers on it, your plant looks like it is serious about producing some fruit. Hope you get your early harvest!

  8. Leanne Cole says:

    I can’t imagine why it wouldn’t, it looks healthy and it has flowers, so it must be happy, I have heard of it happening before.

  9. L says:

    Your tomato seedlings are amazing for this time of year! I’m confident that the fruit will set.

  10. Bek says:

    I would think so. I have read that tapping the flowers helps disperse the pollen, but have no idea if that is fact or not. If it’s in a sheltered spot and not getting much wind or visits from pollinating insects that may help. Good luck!

  11. Andrea says:

    Anything is possible !!

  12. Sri Ranjani says:

    Your plant looks healthy to me. I think it will set fruit.

  13. Diana says:

    If the weather stays warm for several days, it might fruit for you :).

  14. I love the way you push the boundary on seasonal produce and prove that it works!

    • Liz says:

      Its funny, it seems to work better with the things that i think will fail rather than those i think will succeed. We’ll see which one these tomatoes are soon I guess.

  15. Louise says:

    My tiny tim is also flowering. I reckon it will set if you have enough bee activity? Sometimes my earlies don’t set becasue the bees aren’t ‘awake’ I( had trouble like this last year and that’s what the nursery said, but that was the last of the La Nina and it was a very wet spring and summer. We are much dyer here this year in Sydney,a re you? Have you seen the bees?

    • Liz says:

      I gave it a good shake today to help it along. I did see a bee on my broad beans so they’re arond so now I’m hopeful – its more the weather that concerns me as although its still occasionally warm it isn’t every day.

  16. Alex says:

    I just came across this post and I was wondering how you went with fruit? Do you have any recommendations for tomato varieties that seem to respond well to being sown early?

    • Liz says:

      They didn’t do very well at all unfortunately – I’m not sure if that was a result of see sawing weather conditions or something else.

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