Grow Yellow Heirloom Tomatoes: The Early and Heavy-Bearing Taxi

| 3/2/2011 7:38:54 AM

A photo of Shannon Saia Excerpts from my 2009 garden notes:

 June 8: My yellow taxi plant seems stunted and unruly compared to my other heirlooms, but it is heavy with ripening tomatoes, way more than any of the other plants have at this point.

taxi tomato plant in June 

July 11: Most of my tomato plants are lush and huge, but not with huge amounts of fruit. This little bugger (the Taxi), on the other hand, is FULL of fruit, and looks low and stunted. I haven't done anything to it (no sucker pinching, etc.) but it certainly is putting all its efforts into developing fruit and not into developing foliage. I guess that's good?

taxi tomato plant 

July 12: Well, that yellow tomato plant I showed you a picture of yesterday today has an entire dead limb on it. Yesterday, it was only the suckers (?) the small limbs that had no flowers or fruit on them that were dying and dropping off. I pulled a bunch of ripening tomatoes off of there today.

Cindy Murphy
3/4/2011 11:00:42 AM

"Try them out!" I most definitely will! I haven't been impressed with the taste of the early variety (Early Girl) I usually plant; and an early variety is what is needed around here with our short growing season. Last year, I absolutely fell in love with "Kellogg's Breakfast", an heirloom orange, meaty tomato that was the sweetest variety we've ever grown. The yield wasn't great though - the first round only produced 7 tomatoes. It finally came on in early September and had loads of fruit that never ripened because of our cool temperatures that late in the season. Oh, but those Magnificant Seven! Well worth it! A tasty EARLY tomato, though - "Taxi" sounds like it fits the bill. Thanks for the tip, Shannon.

Nebraska Dave
3/2/2011 7:47:30 PM

@shannon, I too plant heirloom tomatoes. I plant Rutgers. This year I'm going to try something new. One of the Grit blogs last year talked about starting cuts off the main plant to start new plants part way through the season. I'm hoping to keep production a little more even by staggering the tomato planting times. I'll be blogging about the whole experiment. I'm growing lettuce and radishes for the first time so that will be fun. I haven't had to worry about rabbits with peppers, onions, tomatoes, and potatoes, but with lettuce and radishes I expect they will want to nibble so I'll have to figure out a way to keep the little buggers out. I'm thinking a removeable metal screen cap a couple feet high. I always have lots of ideas some good and some not so good. Have a great tomato planning day.