8/21 UPDATE Just measured have 2 (1 of each) now at "9 ft 10 in" and still blossoms, small and large fruit. Largest weighed 2 lbs 6 oz. and was delicious. Thanks for the comments.
8/30 UPDATE Just measured again. NOW at 11 FEET, the biggest I have ever had and still 16 tomatoes and 9 blossoms left on it!!!! I don't think I can claim credit for this except watering them. Probably going to save some seed from these. Maybe it is the weather--HOT-- down here. Juicy and sweet taste but I have to let them come to room temp first as I probably could make juice right from the vine (precooked). Will keep updating until they finish.
SLOPESOWER and any one interested, they are growing in a 4'x4' hole where an old tree was once (concrete patio). When we moved to this house I didn't have a fenced in field so the animals stayed in the fenced in back yard. Yes LLamas did look in the open kitchen window and you would trip over pygmy goats in the doorway and had to make sure door was shut tight or else "VISITORS". We swept a years worth of manure into this hole which has a gravel base on clay soil. Llamas did help by using the hole as their spot. Ground is now 3yrs old, had nice flowers last year, and this year tomatoes. Being close to the back door does cause me to remember to water them in our 90+ days. Goat and llama manure is not hot like chicken,horse,cow,pig manure. It breaks down to small parts and I haven't had and weeds from it (free range critters)
I planted a German Queen- glad they do well in your zone- I hope its doing well, chuckl. Also planted a Homestead - both heirloom var per label, the Homesteads are staying smaller and bushier than the Queen, and we planted a Sungella, what I noticed was that the tomato hornworms seemed to be drawn to the Queen, I hope I like them as well as the hornworms, chuckl, both Sungella and German Queen were 4' and growing when I was home mothers Day, I have also noticed my daughter is more interested in sending pix of the bugs she's fighting rather than the plants, hehehe.
Seems like once it turns really hot here, the tomatoes quit producing. That is why I was wondering if they get full sun all day long there or it there a tree or something to give the plants some relief from the heat part of the day.
Kittrina, I'm curious to know if the German Queens are a medium or large size tomato (?) Do they do well for you during the hot part of the summer?
Never grown them before, they get quite a bit of shade- but my compass is confused there and the sun seems to never have a distinct east- west, I believe they are s'posed to get huge, but I dint know why I think that- the Sungella is plum sized, and the Homesteads appear to be waiting for more heat to kick off, they had just bloomed when I was home, chuckl, my daughter told me she threw 2 away cause they had bug bites, so I don't know what they looked like nor how big they were, hahaha
Around here we have more bird bites on the tomatoes than bug bites (don't know which is worse). This year I'm going to try putting a shere panel around the tomato cage as they start getting ripe - the plant can still get sun but the birds can't get to the fruit. I'm going to check the seed catalogs to see those varieties - always looking for ones that can take the Texas weather.