Tomato Growing Diary

Vivigrow Tomato HarvestsEver thought about growing your own tomatoes? Follow our growing diary to track the progress of the tomatoes in our Vivigrow Planters. This year, our Sungold Tomato grew to 741cm tall producing 31 fruiting trusses!

Find out more about how we grew these tomatoes and how you can grow your own tomatoes at home with our tomato growing guide.

2nd January

Tomato Growing Diary - Vivigrow PlanterHappy New Year! After a few weeks in the Vitopod Heated Propagator, our tomato seedlings have now been pricked out and potted on. We have planted some into compost and others into rockwool cubes as both mediums will establish good strong, healthy plant roots.  This year, we are growing Sungold, Cristal, Country Taste, Costoluto Fiorentino and Tigerella

9th February

Tomato Growing Diary - Vivigrow PlanterOur tomatoes are still growing strong in our electric propagator. The tomatoes have just entered the second layer of this height adjustable propagator and will soon be ready to plant out.

27th February (Week 1)

Tomato Growing Diary - Vivigrow PlanterThe tomatoes have been now been transplanted into their Vivigrow Planters and looking fantastic. We have planted three tomatoes in each planter: Planter 1 houses the Sungold, Tigerella and Costoluto Fiorentino and Planter 2 houses another Sungold, Cristal and Country Taste.

Tomato Planter Weekly Growth Height
Sungold Vivigrow 1 N/A 29cm
Tigerella Vivigrow 1 N/A 30cm
Costoluto Fiorentino Vivigrow 1 N/A 33cm
Sungold Vivigrow 2 N/A 33cm
Cristal Vivigrow 2 N/A 31cm
Country Taste Vivigrow 2 N/A 36cm

 

16th March (Week 3)

Tomato Growing Diary - Vivigrow PlanterWow! The tomatoes have settled into their Vivigrow spectacularly! The Tigerella have grown over 1 foot in height in just two weeks

Tomato Planter Weekly Growth Height
Sungold Vivigrow 1 14cm 43cm
Tigerella Vivigrow 1 36cm
66cm
Costoluto Fiorentino Vivigrow 1 29cm 62cm
Sungold Vivigrow 2 25cm 58cm
Cristal Vivigrow 2 23cm 54cm
Country Taste Vivigrow 2 29cm 65cm

 

31st March (Week 4)

Tomato Growing Diary - Vivigrow PlanterThe tomatoes have really come along by leaps and bounds over the last two weeks. For the first month, they have shown steady growth and developed plenty of roots. The roots are looking really healthy and top growth is superb!

The two Sungold Plants are growing really strongly. The diameter of the stem is over 2.5cm. There are now trusses of flowers forming on all the tomatoes except Cristal, which tends to be a bit slower to get going, but more than makes up for it when it does!

Tomato Planter Weekly Growth Height
Sungold Vivigrow 1 37cm 80cm
Tigerella Vivigrow 1 28cm
94cm
Costoluto Fiorentino Vivigrow 1 34cm 96cm
Sungold Vivigrow 2 47cm 105cm
Cristal Vivigrow 2 31cm 85cm
Country Taste Vivigrow 2 42cm 107cm

 

3rd April (Week 5)

Tomato Growing Diary - Vivigrow PlanterExcellent news! Our very first tomato of the season has sprung up! The Sungold tomatoes are always quick off the mark; and this year they certainly didn’t disappoint

7th April (Week 6)

Tomato Growing Diary - Vivigrow PlanterThe Country Taste tomatoes are already standing tall at over 1.3m. The Sungold in Vivigrow 2 are at around the same; they really are a fantastic variety. The tomatoes in Vivigrow 1 are all very big and healthy, but still ever so slightly smaller than those in Vivigrow 2.

Tomato Planter Weekly Growth Height
Sungold Vivigrow 1 16cm 96cm
Tigerella Vivigrow 1 15cm
109cm
Costoluto Fiorentino Vivigrow 1 22cm 118cm
Sungold Vivigrow 2 22cm 127cm
Cristal Vivigrow 2 15cm 100cm
Country Taste Vivigrow 2 20cm 127cm

 

15th April (Week 7)

Tomato Growing Diary - Vivigrow Planter

Tomato Planter Weekly Growth Height
Sungold Vivigrow 1 20cm 116cm
Tigerella Vivigrow 1 19cm
128cm
Costoluto Fiorentino Vivigrow 1 26cm 144cm
Sungold Vivigrow 2 32cm 159cm
Cristal Vivigrow 2 18cm 118cm
Country Taste Vivigrow 2 26cm 153cm

 

22nd April (Week 8)

Tomato Growing Diary - Vivigrow Planter

Tomato Planter Weekly Growth Height
Sungold Vivigrow 1 10cm 126cm
Tigerella Vivigrow 1 10cm
138cm
Costoluto Fiorentino Vivigrow 1 18cm 162cm
Sungold Vivigrow 2 18cm 177cm
Cristal Vivigrow 2 11cm 129cm
Country Taste Vivigrow 2 15cm 168cm

 

28th April (Week 9)

Tomato Growing Diary - Vivigrow Planter

Tomato Planter Weekly Growth Height
Sungold Vivigrow 1 9cm 135cm
Tigerella Vivigrow 1 15cm
153cm
Costoluto Fiorentino Vivigrow 1 28cm 190cm
Sungold Vivigrow 2 29cm 206cm
Cristal Vivigrow 2 14cm 143cm
Country Taste Vivigrow 2 25cm 193cm

 

12th May (Week 11)

Tomato Growing Diary - Vivigrow PlanterLook how thick the tomato plants have become! It’s hard to believe they’ve grown so much since they were first planted in January – we’re so proud!

Tomato Planter Weekly Growth Height
Sungold Vivigrow 1 31cm 166cm
Tigerella Vivigrow 1 28cm
181cm
Costoluto Fiorentino Vivigrow 1 23cm 213cm
Sungold Vivigrow 2 14cm 220cm
Cristal Vivigrow 2 33cm 176cm
Country Taste Vivigrow 2 53cm 246cm

 

19th May (Week 12)

Tomato Growing Diary - Vivigrow PlanterThe Sungold Tomatoes are ripening super quickly and taste absolutely delicious! We can’t get enough of them – which as just as well, they show no signs of slowing down!

Tomato Planter Weekly Growth Height
Sungold Vivigrow 1 10cm 176cm
Tigerella Vivigrow 1 13cm
194cm
Costoluto Fiorentino Vivigrow 1 23cm 236cm
Sungold Vivigrow 2 30cm 250cm
Cristal Vivigrow 2 16cm 192cm
Country Taste Vivigrow 2 14cm 260cm

 

27th May (Week 13)

Tomato Growing Diary - Vivigrow PlanterThe Tigerella Tomatoes are developing thick and fast! This week, we performed a solution change to re-balance the nutrients in each tank – ensuring healthy consistent growth across all of our tomatoes.

Tomato Planter Weekly Growth Height
Sungold Vivigrow 1 30cm 206cm
Tigerella Vivigrow 1 18cm
212cm
Costoluto Fiorentino Vivigrow 1 41cm 277cm
Sungold Vivigrow 2 32cm 282cm
Cristal Vivigrow 2 28cm 220cm
Country Taste Vivigrow 2 31cm 291cm

 

4th June (Week 14)

Tomato Growing Diary - Vivigrow PlanterThe Country Taste tomatoes are looking absolutely superb this week. The early fruits were a little small, but as the plant matures, so does the fruit: there are some absolutely giant tomatoes now!

Tomato Planter Weekly Growth Height
Sungold Vivigrow 1 24cm 230cm
Tigerella Vivigrow 1 18cm
230cm
Costoluto Fiorentino Vivigrow 1 26cm 303cm
Sungold Vivigrow 2 25cm 307cm
Cristal Vivigrow 2 15cm 235cm
Country Taste Vivigrow 2 20cm 311cm

 

10th June (Week 15)

Tomato Growing Diary - Vivigrow PlanterWe harvested some of the fruit from our Sungold and Cristal tomato plants this week and they were delicious!

We have also started keeping an eye on the number of fruiting trusses to see which of our plants produces the biggest yields.

Tomato Planter Weekly Growth Height Fruiting Trusses
Sungold Vivigrow 1 28cm 258cm 13
Tigerella Vivigrow 1 15cm 245cm 10
Costoluto Fiorentino Vivigrow 1 36cm 339cm 4
Sungold Vivigrow 2 327cm 20cm 17
Cristal Vivigrow 2 18cm 253cm 7
Country Taste Vivigrow 2 24cm 335cm 6

 

17th June (Week 16)

Tomato Growing Diary - Vivigrow PlanterWe gave the Vivigrows another solution change this week. The growth so far has been amazing; the Costoluto Fiorentino is now a tremendous 366cm tall!

Tomato Planter Weekly Growth Height Fruiting Trusses
Sungold Vivigrow 1 24cm 282cm 14
Tigerella Vivigrow 1 15cm 260cm 12
Costoluto Fiorentino Vivigrow 1 27cm 366cm 4
Sungold Vivigrow 2 36cm 363cm 19
Cristal Vivigrow 2 21cm 274cm 10
Country Taste Vivigrow 2 23cm 358cm 9

 

24th June (Week 17)

Tomato Growing Diary - Vivigrow PlanterGrowth for our tallest tomato, the Costoluto Fiorentino, has now reached 400cm! Plus, the Sungold tomatoes are now producing new fruit on a daily basis.

Tomato Planter Weekly Growth Height Fruiting Trusses
Sungold Vivigrow 1 31cm 313cm 15
Tigerella Vivigrow 1 16cm 276cm 13
Costoluto Fiorentino Vivigrow 1 34cm 400cm 7
Sungold Vivigrow 2 31cm 394cm 21
Cristal Vivigrow 2 14cm 288cm 12
Country Taste Vivigrow 2 25cm 383cm 11

 

1st July (Week 18)

Tomato Growing Diary - Vivigrow PlanterThis week, we have yielded over 2kg of fruit from the tomatoes in our Vivigrow Planters. There were plenty of brilliant tomatoes from the Tigerella and the Sungold has been keeping us happily fed for several weeks now.

There are now 3 plants in our Vivigrows that have reached 4 metres long.

Tomato Planter Weekly Growth Height Fruiting Trusses
Sungold Vivigrow 1 37cm 350cm 16
Tigerella Vivigrow 1 15cm 291cm 14
Costoluto Fiorentino Vivigrow 1 38cm 438cm 9
Sungold Vivigrow 2 47cm 441cm 22
Cristal Vivigrow 2 22cm 310cm 13
Country Taste Vivigrow 2 19cm 402cm 12

 

8th July (Week 19)

Tomato Growing Diary - Vivigrow PlanterThis week we have changed the solutions of the tomatoes and done a little maintenance to the root matter to help our Nutrigrow Plant Food to flow more readily. The roots have actually grown so well that they are blocking the flow of nutrient!

The hot weather has reduced the rate of growth a little but the fruit is still coming thick and fast – in fact I even took home a bagful yesterday! The large Country Taste Tomato was picked this week and it weighed a staggering 501.9g!

Tomato Planter Weekly Growth Height Fruiting Trusses
Sungold Vivigrow 1 23cm 373cm 18
Tigerella Vivigrow 1 17cm 308cm 15
Costoluto Fiorentino Vivigrow 1 21cm 459cm 9
Sungold Vivigrow 2 10cm 451cm 23
Cristal Vivigrow 2 4cm 314cm 14
Country Taste Vivigrow 2 18cm 420cm 12

 

15th July (Week 20)

Tomato Growing Diary - Vivigrow PlanterEverybody here at Greenhouse Sensation was able to take home a bag of delicious tomatoes last week! Gardening Angel Paul was the lucky one who was the first to try our ginormous Country Taste Tomato.

He had it lightly cooked in olive oil and described it as “delicious”, “sweet” and “the nicest beefsteak tomato I've had in ages” – very high praise indeed!

Tomato Planter Weekly Growth Height Fruiting Trusses
Sungold Vivigrow 1 33cm 406cm 19
Tigerella Vivigrow 1 18cm 326cm 16
Costoluto Fiorentino Vivigrow 1 27cm 486cm 10
Sungold Vivigrow 2 2cm 453cm 24
Cristal Vivigrow 2 9cm 323cm 14
Country Taste Vivigrow 2 19cm 439cm 13

 

22nd July (Week 21)

Tomato Growing Diary - Vivigrow PlanterI think we’re going to need a bigger greenhouse! The tinkering we did with the roots of the tomatoes has worked absolute wonders. Our tomatoes have responded by growing even more healthy white roots.

Since we have started harvesting a lot of tomatoes, we’re also going to start keeping an eye on just how many there are!

Tomato Planter Weekly Growth Height Fruiting Trusses Truss Yielded
Sungold Vivigrow 1 28cm 434cm 20 5
Tigerella Vivigrow 1 15cm 341cm 19 3
Costoluto Fiorentino Vivigrow 1 25cm 511cm 10 2
Sungold Vivigrow 2 6cm 459cm 25 5
Cristal Vivigrow 2 10cm 333cm 14 1
Country Taste Vivigrow 2 19cm 458cm 14 1

 

5th August (Week 23)

Tomato Growing Diary - Vivigrow PlanterIn the two weeks since our last update, the Sungold Tomatoes in Vivigrow 1 have grown a staggering 68cm – that’s over 1 foot per week!

The fruit on the Cristal tomatoes are developing beautifully and look delicious. We would definitely recommend growing these tomatoes

Tomato Planter Weekly Growth Height Fruiting Trusses Truss Yielded
Sungold Vivigrow 1 68cm 502cm 21 8
Tigerella Vivigrow 1 15cm 341cm 19 3
Costoluto Fiorentino Vivigrow 1 45cm 556cm 11 5
Sungold Vivigrow 2 3cm 462cm 25 8
Cristal Vivigrow 2 17cm 350cm 14 3
Country Taste Vivigrow 2 42cm 500cm 15 3

 

12th August (Week 24)

Tomato Growing Diary - Vivigrow PlanterAfter a small set back a few weeks ago due to the incredibly hot weather, the Sungold Tomatoes in Vivigrow 2 are making excellent progress and are looking very healthy. We harvested 3 bags of tomatoes today so everybody will have a few to take home and enjoy over the weekend.

Tomato Planter Weekly Growth Height Fruiting Trusses Truss Yielded
Sungold Vivigrow 1 40cm 542cm 22 9
Tigerella Vivigrow 1 31cm 410cm 20 7
Costoluto Fiorentino Vivigrow 1 22cm 578cm 11 6
Sungold Vivigrow 2 7cm 469cm 25 11
Cristal Vivigrow 2 29cm 379cm 15 4
Country Taste Vivigrow 2 31cm 531cm 16 4

 

19th August (Week 25)

Tomato Growing Diary - Vivigrow PlanterOops! Whilst tying in our Costoluto Fiorentino we accidentally snapped off the top of our plant. Thankfully this is just a minor setback as we’re sure that it will not take long for a side shoot to take over.

Tomato Planter Weekly Growth Height Fruiting Trusses Truss Yielded
Sungold Vivigrow 1 21cm 563cm 23 10
Tigerella Vivigrow 1 17cm 427cm 21 7
Costoluto Fiorentino Vivigrow 1 0cm 578cm 11 7
Sungold Vivigrow 2 14cm 483cm 25 12
Cristal Vivigrow 2 14cm 393cm 17 5
Country Taste Vivigrow 2 19cm 550cm 16 5

 

26th August (Week 26)

Tomato Growing Diary - Vivigrow PlanterAs we predicted, our lovely Costoluto Fiorentino is making a healthy recovery. The Country Taste is producing some beautiful, slightly striped fruit of an impressive size.

Tomato Planter Weekly Growth Height Fruiting Trusses Truss Yielded
Sungold Vivigrow 1 40cm 603cm 23 10
Tigerella Vivigrow 1 23cm 450cm 22 9
Costoluto Fiorentino Vivigrow 1 0cm 557cm 11 11
Sungold Vivigrow 2 33cm 516cm 26 13
Cristal Vivigrow 2 30cm 423cm 17 6
Country Taste Vivigrow 2 33cm 583cm 17 5

 

2nd September (Week 27)

Tomato Growing Diary - Vivigrow PlanterHaving already enjoyed our first bumper crop, thanks to the Vivigrow’s clever self-watering system, we are eagerly awaiting the ripening of our latest batch of fruit. They look so tempting, we can’t wait!

Tomato Planter Weekly Growth Height Fruiting Trusses Truss Yielded
Sungold Vivigrow 1 28cm 631cm 25 14
Tigerella Vivigrow 1 15cm 465cm 23 10
Costoluto Fiorentino Vivigrow 1 4cm 561cm 11 11
Sungold Vivigrow 2 29cm 545cm 27 15
Cristal Vivigrow 2 17cm 440cm 18 6
Country Taste Vivigrow 2 19cm 602cm 17 5

 

9th September (Week 28)

Tomato Growing Diary - Vivigrow PlanterPlenty more ripe fruit today but it’s all being saved for the Mawdesley Funday. Just take a look at these beauties!

Tomato Planter Weekly Growth Height Fruiting Trusses Truss Yielded
Sungold Vivigrow 1 14cm 645cm 26 15
Tigerella Vivigrow 1 15cm 480cm 23 10
Costoluto Fiorentino Vivigrow 1 11cm 572cm 11 11
Sungold Vivigrow 2 17cm 562cm 28 15
Cristal Vivigrow 2 8cm 448cm 19 6
Country Taste Vivigrow 2 19cm 618cm 17 5

 

18th September (Week 29)

Tomato Growing Diary - Vivigrow PlanterOh no! Disaster has struck our poor Tigerella Tomatoes. A wound has become infected so we have had to remove 118cm of our poorly plant.

Thankfully, there is a good side shoot to grow on, so while it is disappointing it’s not the end of the world!

Tomato Planter Weekly Growth Height Fruiting Trusses Truss Yielded
Sungold Vivigrow 1 26cm 671cm 26 16
Tigerella Vivigrow 1 0cm 381cm 21 10
Costoluto Fiorentino Vivigrow 1 11cm 583cm 13 11
Sungold Vivigrow 2 26cm 588cm 29 16
Cristal Vivigrow 2 17cm 465cm 19 7
Country Taste Vivigrow 2 16cm 634cm 18 5

 

23rd September (Week 30)

Tomato Growing Diary - Vivigrow PlanterThe Tigerella is still looking healthy, however there’s been no real growth; but it will soon recover! Meanwhile, our Country Taste Tomatoes have come along by leaps and bounds.

There are plenty of fruit still to ripen of a good size; perfect for stuffing.

Tomato Planter Weekly Growth Height Fruiting Trusses Truss Yielded
Sungold Vivigrow 1 27cm 687cm 27 16
Tigerella Vivigrow 1 0cm 381cm 21 10
Costoluto Fiorentino Vivigrow 1 9cm 592cm 13 11
Sungold Vivigrow 2 18cm 606cm 29 16
Cristal Vivigrow 2 13cm 478cm 20 7
Country Taste Vivigrow 2 36cm 670cm 18 5

 

30th September (Week 31)

Tomato Growing Diary - Vivigrow PlanterWe have decided to move the Tigerella from our Vivigrow Planter and planted elsewhere as this will provide the other two plants with more room to grow and minimise the risk of any residual infection spreading.

It is sad we have had to move it, however it’s something every gardener will have to come to terms with at least once!

Tomato Planter Weekly Growth Height Fruiting Trusses Truss Yielded
Sungold Vivigrow 1 16cm 703cm 28 18
Tigerella Vivigrow 1 0cm 381cm 21 21
Costoluto Fiorentino Vivigrow 1 17cm 609cm 17 13
Sungold Vivigrow 2 18cm 631cm 30 17
Cristal Vivigrow 2 12cm 490cm 21 7
Country Taste Vivigrow 2 13cm 683cm 19 12

 

7th October (Week 32)

Tomato Growing Diary - Vivigrow PlanterAfter a long and glorious summer, the weather has taken a turn for the worse, so our tomatoes haven’t really been up to much. Despite this, the Sungold Tomatoes continue to romp away!

Tomato Planter Weekly Growth Height Fruiting Trusses Truss Yielded
Sungold Vivigrow 1 26cm 729cm 28 18
Tigerella Vivigrow 1 0cm 381cm 21 21
Costoluto Fiorentino Vivigrow 1 21cm 630cm 17 13
Sungold Vivigrow 2 24cm 655cm 30 17
Cristal Vivigrow 2 8cm 498cm 21 7
Country Taste Vivigrow 2 12cm 695cm 19 12

 

7th October (Week 32)

Tomato Growing Diary - Vivigrow PlanterAs the weather continues to worsen, we have started to take down the tomato plants in Vivigrow 1. By moving Vivigrow 2 into the space we have created, it is no longer competing with the chillies in our neighbouring Quadgrow Planter for light.

The root mat in Vivigrow 1 was fantastic and very healthy, however not quite as thick as it is in Vivigrow 2, which is why we have kept that one going. We will continue to harvest tomatoes right through into winter!

Tomato Planter Weekly Growth Height Fruiting Trusses Truss Yielded
Sungold Vivigrow 1 12cm 741cm 28 28
Tigerella Vivigrow 1 0cm 381cm 21 21
Costoluto Fiorentino Vivigrow 1 0cm 630cm 17 17
Sungold Vivigrow 2 19cm 674cm 31 19
Cristal Vivigrow 2 7cm 505cm 21 9
Country Taste Vivigrow 2 19cm 714cm 19 12

 

We hope you enjoyed reading through our growing diary. Here are some of our favourite varieties that we were growing in the Plant Guardian Planters in our greenhouse

 

scarlatto tomato Scarlatto Sungold tomato Sungold
Cristal tomato Cristal Rosada tomato Rosada
Ildi tomato Ildi Country Taste tomato Country Taste

 

If you’re looking for any further tips on growing your own tomatoes, which varieties to grow or the best planter to grow in, please feel free to contact our Gardening Angels on 0845 602 3774 or drop us an email on info@greenhousesensation.co.uk. We’re always happy to help!