I just picked my first tomato. It was so mealy or grainy or whatever you call it, that I threw it out! What causes a tomato to be this way? Is it the type of plant, weather or what? I have no idea what type of plant this is because it came in a small 6 pack called cherry, 2 plants were the regular size!
I doubt that we can help you much except maybe to say this has been a difficult year for most growers. Your inconsistancy from a market pack suggests you should purchase seedlings somewhere else next spring. The cold and exceptionally wet early season could explain your grain and lack of flavor.
Someone from Indiana said that theirs were all mealy also. I guess it is the weather. I bought one nice tomato plant but the hail damaged it really bad. So on a whim I just bought a $1.39 six-pack cherries so I would have something. In a couple of days I will pick the second large tomato and I'll see what that one is like. I only have a very tiny garden around my apartment patio so I do gardening on a small scale. But I do have a good variety of flowers.
I didn't know what tomato late blight was so I looked it up. Yuck!!! I had most of one plant whither away but I think that was from powdery mildew. Basically the leaves dried up but there was nothing on the stems or the cherries. From the photos I saw, lblight starts out with blotchy leaves or fuzzy stems. I will watch for it. But is there anything you can do about it?
Genetics plus bad weather conditions. Period. I hate those kind of tomatoes. Some tomatoes will become grainy at the least provocation. Other varieties will only become grainy or mealy under extremely poor weather conditions ... like what we've had in Indiana all dang summer!
This is why I grow different heirlooms from known good sources each year. They give me less fruit but nicer and better tomatoes...now the cover all finish...in most instances. I had five go down this year yet they gave me some fruit. One hearty soul from days gone by named Tidwell German appears to be blight resistance. It's a new grow for me so I know nothing about its goodness factors to taste untill we eat one. I do know it grew within a few feet of five others that are history as consumed by the late blight while it continues to look good.
Tidwell German was a fairly carefree plant to grow last summer. Good, large tomatoes too. Old fashion flavor, not overly assertive, a tad sweet. Not as meaty as I like them but not really seedy either. Overall, I'd say it's a good old large size slicer worthy of a spot in the garden every year, really. And being from New Hope, Tennessee has got to give it a leg up with country music fans and hillbillies worldwide!
Venice, my tomatoes have straightened their act out quite a bit now that the monsoons have let up down here! I have two that remain a bit grainy or mushy, but those are some crossbreeds I've been working on and growing out, so no reference points on them. All the normal ones have gone back to good ol' slicing and eatin' maters.
Tidwell German is going to yeild the first set to the blight. That appears to be a gone done fact. The second set is showing me two huge matters with no indications of blight although blight is into the bottom of the plant. These two are light green showing a touch of pink. They will go red but have to fight off the blight for at least another week. There is a third set but I doubt they will have time to make in my zone.
Matters at the farmer's market this past week were about a dollar and a quarter a pound. Five bucks did not buy many! Forty bucks a bushel but what I saw was a well heaped bushel. The greenhouse tomatoes were actually less both raised in the ground and as hydrophonics. I do not buy them.
Bill, lucky you!!! My are still mushy. I hate that! My neighbor had throw out her first tomatoes. Then she planted others later. Hers are good. I am so jealous. But at least it give me something to put in my compost!