Tomato – Tumbler(F1 Hybrid)

This post is special for me as the tumbler variety gave me the much awaited success in growing tomato’s in containers.

I purchased the seeds of this variety as it was written on the label that it can be grown in containers. As the name suggests this variety is specially meant for containers. Its a determinate-cascading variety where no side shoot pruning is required.

The variety proved itself, grew beautifully and gave a wonderful harvest. An inexperienced tomato grower should try this variety.

I’ll let the images speak.

Oct' 24, '09

Nov' 01, '09

Nov' 10, '09

Dec' 03, '09

Dec' 13, '09

Dec' 13, '09

Dec' 21, '09

Dec' 27, '09

Jan' 03, '10

Jan' 13, '10

Jan' 13, '10

Jan' 13, '09

The success inspired me to try these other varieties as well

As of now I am growing following varieties:

1. Naval (Navlakha Seeds) – Has started setting fruits.

2. Red Cherry – Baby (Navlakha Seeds) – Has germinated.

3. 100’s & 1000’s (Suttons Seeds) – Sowed

4. Gardener’s Delight (Suttons Seeds) – Sowed

Will update you about how there varieties are coming up.

-FG’

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55 Responses to “Tomato – Tumbler(F1 Hybrid)”

  1. geekgardener Says:

    Hi FG,

    The tomato plants look really healthy and harvest is great too. How did they taste?.. Do keep me updated on the 100’s and 1000’s and gardener’s delight. What is the fertilizer you use? Hydroponic or Compost?

    Great work!..
    Looks like you too are bitten by tomato bug..
    gg

  2. Subhashini Says:

    Hi FG,
    Happened to come across your blog through GGs blog. Wonderful results from hydroponics, I must say. I am an avid container gardener based out of Mumbai (alhough not ventured into hydro yet) and would be keen on sharing and learning more about gardening.
    Shubha

  3. fungardener Says:

    Thanks Shubha!
    Your are most welcom I will be more than happy to answer any questions related to gardening. I am still experimenting with hydroponics, however have achieved some good results in soilless culture. what type of plants you grow in your container garden?
    -FG

    • Iggy Says:

      Just seen you blog as I was researching Tomato Tumbler F1.
      Have you ever tried growing the seeds from the tomatoes that were produced and if so how did these F2s do in plant type and cropping?
      Thanks,
      Iggy

      • fungardener Says:

        laggy, Thanks for looking at the blog.
        No, I didnt collect seeds as it was a hybrid variety, F2 would have shown traits of either of the parents.
        It would be interesting to hear form you about your research.

  4. Subhashini Says:

    Hi,
    Currently I am growing both flower n veggies..Flower incl gernerics such as hibiscus, champa, mogra, roses etc. Plan to add aboli n dalia after the summer …In veggies have okra, tomato, brinjal,ridge goud and bitter gourd…+ herb garden-rosemary, sweet marjoram and oregano…hav lots of other seeds as well…but will wait for the rians to begin to start dowing..the weather is too hot in mumbai and my plants get direct sunlight which is too harsh in the summer.

    Where do you get the seeds from? Btw ru from mumbai as well?

  5. fungardener Says:

    Your garden portfolio is really diversified. Where do you keep the containers in balcony or the terrace?

    I also try to maintain a balance in my garden. I have Spanish Jasmine(Chameli), night cestrum(Raat Rani), Jasmine auriculatum(Juhi) in containers these flowers fill my entire balcony with fragrance in the night they are wonderful. I have to grow Parijat this rains, tried with seeds but they didn’t germinate, will look for a sapling.

    Here in Pune also, the heat is too much for the plants. Currently I am growing an indeterminate variety of tomato it has hundreds of flowers but the fruit formation is very low due to the heat.

    I buy seeds from various places – gardening stores, exhibitions, online…
    If you have uploaded the snaps of your plants or have a blog, please share.

    -FG

  6. Archana Says:

    Hi FG,
    I come across your blog through GGs blog.
    I must say you have a nice garden.
    I want to start a mini garden in my balcony.
    I stay i mumbai, could you please tell me from where can i get seeds, coco peat, compost etc.

    Archana

    • fungardener Says:

      Hi Archana,
      Thanks for visiting and the compliment.
      Its really nice that you want to start a garden. Believe me its a devine hobby.

      Ccocpeat – To add to what Shubha has suggested and apart from Ratanshi you could contact http://www.marson.com/contactus.asp and enquire about products, dealears / retailers and shipping (if possible)

      The Terra care product seems to be coco peat brick/block described as cocopeat based gworing medium you could ask them about details of this product.

      Ratanshi also ships the products after receiving the payment through DD ro MO, I had called them up few months back for hydroton. You may get compost there they have some very good organic products, I have used them they are popular and available in Pune also (biogrow).

      You could also start composting at home and convert your organic waste into compost. Its not difficult. You could refer to : http://www.dailydump.org they sell it in mumbai also and do the home delivery also.

      For seeds also you can talk to ratanshi they must be selling it otherwise they could point you to so some seed store / retailer.
      You could also order seeds online from http://www.biocarve.com/products.asp?id=6 its an Indian company based in Punjab and seeds are couriered to you within seven days. I had purchased cherry tomato seeds from them.

      Let me know if you need information on anything related to gardening.
      -FG

  7. Subhashini Says:

    Hi Archana,
    Happened to come across ur note here on FG’s blog..I am Mumbai as well and have taken to gardening in the last 8 months.
    You can get coco peat from nurseries, although u might hav to search for one. Gardening stuff aren’t as easily available in Mumbai like Pune or Bangalore.
    You can get peat from Kora Kendra (it is govt owned), they have good stuff. For the seeds they dont hav as much variety, I think u might want to call ratnashi agro and find out…

  8. Subhashini Says:

    Wow FG, loved ur recent success with the cabbage…They are so amazing. I tried them with little success. Plan to start again once the heat wave passes off. Well I dont hav a blog currently, but plan to start soon..:) will keep u informed on that. Are the juhi and night cestrum plants easly available in nurseries?

    • fungardener Says:

      Thanks Shubha,
      I will wait for that update.
      I hd purchased the saplings form a plant selling carts, but yes they are available in nurseries.
      -FG

  9. Archana Says:

    Hi Subha,

    Thanks a lot, i will get in touch with kora kendra and ratnashi.
    I have searched a lot but couldnt find any nurseries, which supplies good quality seeds and soilless mediums.
    Where do you buy seeds from?

  10. Archana Says:

    Hi Subha,

    Could you please give me address of Kora Kendra, since i am new in mumbai, i dont know many places.

  11. Subhashini Says:

    Hi Archana,
    I will have to search for the postal address,. But I can give d location and it shudn’t be very difficult to find. Its in Borivali (W), just after Mc Donalds, take a U turn an arnd 2 min drive to the left u will find Kora Kendra. U can ask anyone for Kora Kendra nursery there. It is a well known landmark.
    I buy from KK as it is convenient for me, but I am sure u might find some next to ur place also. Between I got some Coco peat from Hypercity (more expensive than KK), it is in solid form and expands once u pour water.
    I buy seeds from KK, Ratnashi, Pune and some from abroad whenever I manage to travel..

  12. Tarun Says:

    I have tried to find vermiculite, perlite and rooting hormone in many shops/nurseries in Aundh/Baner, Pune but no success.
    Can some one help me to find the same ?

  13. fungardener Says:

    Hi Tarun,
    Vermiculite, Perlite – Pocha Seeds (Near Solapur bazar, Poolgate Pune. Ph: 020-26363978)
    Perlite – Naik Agro, Swargare
    Hydroton – Jagtap Nursery (Near Pocha seeds, ph:020-26363432), Girme farm, Baner road.
    You can get Rooting harmone from Naik.
    Let me know if you want any other info.
    -FG

    • geekgardener Says:

      FG,

      Pocha seeds have their own shop in that address? Interesting. I like their seeds any must-have seeds in their collection?..

      BTW: I have saved seeds from H&T. Do you have some for yourself? Let me know you need 😀

      GG

      • FunGardener Says:

        Yes GG, Pocha seeds is a legacy of more than 120 years. it was established in 1884. It a nice experience to visit them in the old architectural building in a big nursery area.

        Their seeds are really high quality, I remember we had a booklet at home named Pocha seeds, when I was a kid, and I always used to turn the pages of it as the beautiful images of plants and veggies fascinated me a lot. Later I came to know that my father’s uncle had purchased some corn seeds from them in 60’s and the booklet had come along.
        When I came to Pune and noticed the Pocha seeds I was thrilled and exited (the emotional link described above). The staff is really nice and helpful.

        I had purchased chili-x236, cabbage – tara, tomato-tumbler, arka vikas (s22), red reddish and African marigold from them.
        Their site is also working http://pochaagro.com/ (though for the first time for me).
        They have a catalogue, let me know if you want any.

        Thanks for the offer GG, my H&T didn’t do well, but I have some fruits, and I am planning to save some seeds according to the method described by you. Will let you know about that.

        Btw. The beefsteak, marmande and rose de berne sapling as doing well. though are are attacked by leaf miner, and as they are heirlooms there is no disease resistance (am I right?)

        -Regards,
        -FG

    • Tarun Says:

      Thanks FG.

      Naik Agro is nearest from my place(aundh) and for vermiculite I have to go to Pocha’s.

      Regards,
      Tarun

  14. chisha Says:

    HI FG
    Love your blog. I have started using all the discarded oil containers too after I saw your blog. BUt tell me I see 4.55 kg on the conatiner. Is it 5 l or 15 l. I am using 5 l.

  15. fungardener Says:

    Thanks Chisha,

    Its nice to know that you are reusing oil containers, they really make good planters.

    Yes, the container you see above is 5L, however its not sufficient for tomatoes (specially semi determinate / indeterminate ones) however chilli can be grown in it. what are you using it for?

    I saw your blog, its beautiful. Keep up the good work.

    Happy Gardening
    -FG

  16. kishore Says:

    hi FG,
    i loged in ur described site biocarve.com for seeds but the rates are in dollars and the shipping cost is to much its nearly more then 1000 rupees, so please sugest any store in mumbai to buy seeds

  17. FunGardener Says:

    Hi Kishor,
    If you click on the link above it takes you the site whete cost is in Rs not in $, I have purchased seeds from them and they dont cost that much. Please try again and let me know.
    You can also buy online from Indo Americal seeds http://www.indamseedsonline.com/
    -FG

  18. kishore Says:

    HI FG,
    THANKS FOR UR WEBSITE, I HAVE ORDERED SEEDS ONLINE AND THEY SEEM VERY CHEAP SO THANKS ONCE AGAIN.
    I WANT TO KNOW HOW FREQUENTLY U FEED THE PLANTS WITH NUTRIENT SOLUTION AND WHAT TYPE OF NUTRIENTS YOU USUALLY USE FOR DIFFERENT STAGES OF PLANTS SUCH AS GROWTH, FRUITING/ FLOWERING

  19. FunGardener Says:

    Hi Kishore,
    That varies from plant to plant, if you are interested in tomato, usually I feed them in 4-5 days. I use water soluble fertilizers I dissolve them in feed them manually or through drip.
    For vegetative stage – 20-10-10 + Micro Nutrients
    For Flowering stage – 17-25-12 / 9-27-22 + MN (these two interesting combinations have come from mixing 13-40-13 with 20-10-10 and 5-15-30)
    For fruiting stage – 5-15-30 + MN (tomatoes need high K during that stage)
    -FG

    • geekgardener Says:

      Nice combinations you have come up with :).

      Is 5-15-30 from Ratanshi? Last time I checked they were selling this Maxigrow for Rs 6 a packet. When I enquired, i was told it is 400/kg.

      gg

      • fungardener Says:

        Hi GG,
        It is not from Ratahshi, I purchased it from Vardhaman fert. (around 2 yrs back half a kg costed aroung Rs. 65) Maxigrow is for very small scale container grower, not feasible for us. 🙂
        Regards,
        -FG

        • geekgardener Says:

          Nice to know you get multiple combos there in Pune. Its a shame in Bangalore that you don’t get lot of varieties..Either that or they are not interested in selling one kg packets.

          Oh yeah, Maxigrow is just not feasible. 🙂

  20. kishore Says:

    thanks fg
    how can i show my garden pic on ur blog, have i got to write my onw blog on wordpress

  21. fungardener Says:

    Hi Kishore,

    You could definitely create your own blog, maintaining it would also keep your motivation high, if not, I can post them for you on my blog, or else you can just mail them to me – gardeningfun@gmail.com

    Whatever you feel appropriate.
    -FG

  22. kishore Says:

    hi FG
    i am still in search of micro nutrient solution. i called ratanshi they told that the have npk solution named bahar that contains micro nutrient but is not described on the table content of the solution
    please suggest any if u haveit to from where i can get it

  23. kishore Says:

    HI ALL,
    YES YES I HAVE FOUND THE FERTILIZER MAKER.HE IS MASTRER IN AGRI AND TAUGHT ME THE FORMULA TO CREATE ANY TYPE OF FERTILIZER BY CALCULATING THE REQUIRMENT OF CROP OR PLANT. NOW I CAN PREPARE ANY TYPE OF FERTILIZER WITH MICRO NUTRIENTS WITH ANY COMPOSITION BE IT 19:19:19 OR 17:25:12 OR 5:15:30. ME ALSO GAVE ME THE COMPOSITION OF ORGANIC MANURE FERTILIZER.

  24. kishore Says:

    sure i will share it with everyone i am going to write my own blog now on fertilizers and also supply fertilizer who needs them with no real profit if anyone wants any thing on fertilizers please do put it on this fg blog or my blog which i will start in few days

  25. FunGardener Says:

    Thats a good news.
    Sometime back, I had created an excel sheet to calculate the amount of chemicals (in gms) required to come up with various compositions. I will share it with you.
    -FG

  26. geekgardener Says:

    FG, Would you mind sharing it with me too?

  27. kishore Says:

    OK U TEL WHAT COPOSITION DID U USE TO CREATE FERTILIZERS. I WILL CHECK IT OUT WITH MINE

  28. FunGardener Says:

    For primary and macro nutrients:

    Calcium Nitrate – Ca(No3)2
    Potessium Nitrate – KNO3
    Sulphate of Potash – K2SO4
    Mono Potessium Phosphate – KH2PO4
    Magnesium Sulphate – MgSO4 * 7H2O

  29. kishore Says:

    HI FG,
    THE MAIN CHEMICAL COMPONENTS USED IN AGRI FERTILIZERS ARE
    A] FOR NITROGEN – AMMONIUM SULPHATE WITH 20.6% OF NITROGEN
    CALCIUM AMMONIUM SULPHATE WITH 25% N
    UREA WITH 46% OF N
    B] FORPHOSPHOROUS – SINGLE SUPER PHOSPHATE WITH 16% OF P
    C] FOR POTASH – MURATE OF POTASH WITH 60% OF K
    SULPHATE OF POTASH WITH 48% OF K

    THESE ARE THE MAIN CHEMICALS USED IN AGRI FERTILIZERS. WHEN MIXED IN QUANTITY THEY MAKE CERTAIN TYPE OF FERTILIZERS AS
    19:19:19 , 20:10:10 , 5:15:30 ETC….

  30. kishore Says:

    ANI ONE WHO NEEDS MORE DETAILS ON TO PREPARE FERTILIZERS PLEASE TELL ALSO IF U WANT ORGANIC MANURE THE BEST PLANT FOOD

  31. kishore Says:

    NOW U CAN SEE MY BLOG ON FERTILIZER
    http://www.kekedia.wordpress.com

  32. kekedia Says:

    chicken egg has all the ingredients that plant need to grow as micro nutrient. just crack egg in the container with shell and crush ir completely

  33. Sudhir Agashe Says:

    Dear FG,
    I happend to across your blog. For last so many months was looking for guru in hydroponics in pune. Your pics & tips really inspired me to start hydroponics. Would like to talk to you before starting.

  34. FunGardener Says:

    Thanks Sudhir! Drop me a mail at : gardeningfun@gmail.com

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  39. KTP Says:

    Hi FunGardener,

    I am now very much interested in gardening and keep checking for information online for new things. Is it ok if I grow my seedlings in soil + compost + dry grass mixture? Also pls give some tips for transplanting of seedlings.

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