All My San Marzano Tomatoes are the size of Grape tomatoes and turning red
by John Baker
(South New Jersey)
I purchased my seeds from my local Lowes Store,the seeds came from seed of change. I took 5 pks. to a farmer friend and asked him to start them in his green house. He called me to tell me that they all took and were doing very well and should be ready the second week of April. I picked them up all 9 flats, they were very healthy.
I took them home and planted them into my garden, I did not put any fertilizer in when I planted, I usually wait until they start to set tomatoes before I fertilize.
My plants started to grow good, I supported them with a wire trellis that I made, almost like a fence wall 8 to 9-ft. high, down the whole row about 25-ft long.
As they grew I noticed that the flowers were loading up on all my plants, I had some that had 8 to 10 flowers on one stem. As the tomatoes grew they started turning red?
They were the size of grape tomatoes? I expected them to get around 3 to 4" long. I wanted to can these, but this won't work at their size.
I live in Southern New Jersey and we did run into a very hot period in early May for a few weeks then it became very tropical for another few weeks.
Do you have any ideas why all of them have grown so small? PS this has happened to my friends who I have given these same batch of plants to as well?