I see this got three reads before I had a chance to add content! Anyways, I'm going to try an heirloom red cherry tomato and a mega cherry tomato in the ag. I wanted two red cherries but this is what sprouted. I'll be using aerofalls nutes. www.aerofalls.com. I've got 16-8-16, 16-16-16, 8-25-17 and 20-7-13 formulations. I need advice on which to use and what EC I should shoot for. I'm hoping for a successful grow! Here's pictures of the baby plants and a mega cherry in an 8" pot with miracle grow potting mix:
22 Oct, using 8-25-17 nutes, EC 1.5, pH 6. Mega cherry in 8" pot (has buds):
Better pix using the droid phone (go figure). You can really tell that they are different varieties:
30 Oct progress. EC 1.6, pH 6.0.
12 Nov progress. Reg cherry set toms, not sure about ag mega. EC 1.7 pH 6.0. Using 16-8-16 nutes
2 Dec. I'm liking this grow very much! Still manageable plants and buds well below lights. Pruning regularly. Pot mega doing OK. Should get some nice size toms! I like this variety.
8 January 2011. Mega Cherry is doing fine. Typical ugly plant but has at least 20 tomatoes. Heirloom red turned out to be a yellow. Couldn't compete with the mega so I pulled it. Using 16-16-16 nutes, EC 1.8 and 6.34 pH (yup, with the pH meter). Potted mega still setting fruit, but not very good tasting.
21 January 2011. Mega cherry still doing well, but a really ugly plant. Lots of tomatoes ready to ripen. Picked two, not impressed so far. Hopefully the newer tomatoes will taste good! Changing nutes each week. Using 16-16-16 EC 1.8, pH around 6.3.
29 January 2011: A crop of tomatoes ripening. Hope they taste good!
6 February 2011: Tomato plant did put out a couple dozen tomatoes, but the taste wasn't to my liking. Plant fell over under the load even with the plant supports. Need the room for other things so I picked the ripening tomatoes and terminated this grow. Soil grown tomato also terminated. Bottom line is that is possible to successfully grow a mega cherry tomato plant in an ag - but taste suffers.